Our Facilities

Our facilities

Here at the School of Engineering, we provide our students with a hands on learning experience, supported by a comprehensive array of teaching and research laboratories. This unique learning environment offers students a significant advantage in the development of their engineering knowledge and skills through an interactive and applied learning model.

UniSA is the only university in South Australia offering large scale Thermo Fluids and Aerodynamic laboratories and Robotic and Automation laboratories. Our students have the opportunity to develop as a part of their program actual projects taking the theoretical into actual outcomes.

Our facilities include: 

SCT Building

F Building Laboratories


Automotive Laboratory
 

  • Solar car
  • Electric commuter car
  • Formula SAE car

School of Engineering SAE car


Robotic and Automation Laboratory 

  • ABB1400 robots
  • ABB 140 robot
  • Hydraulic Test Bench

School of Engineering Robots


Computer Aided Engineering Laboratory
 

Integrated CAD/CAM Systems

  • SolidWorks with SolidCAM
  • Unigraphics
  • Pro Engineer

FEA

  • SolidWorks Simulation
  • Ansys
  • Strand7

Simulation

  • ABB Robot Studio
  • Automod
  • Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA)
  • Invention Machines Lab
  • Matlab
  • Moldflow

Life-Cycle

  • GaBi Education


Thermo Fluids and Aero Dynamics Laboratories
 

  • Cooling towers
  • Wind tunnels and air flow measurement rigs
  • Environmental test chamber
  • Heat transfer and heat exchanger test rigs
  • Balanced calorimeter room for testing thermal systems
  • Refrigeration and air conditioning test rigs
  • Engine test cells
  • Outdoor-solar collector and cell module testing equipment
  • Pipe/pump test rigs
  • Thermotron
  • Liquid desiccant test rig facility
  • Thermal Imaging Cameras


Mechanics and Dynamic Laboratories
 

  • Geared System Apparatus
  • Norwood Balancing Machine


Manufacturing Laboratory
 

  • NC Bridgeport VMC480PS Vertical milling machine with 4th axis rotator
  • NC Taksawa TC-3 lathe
  • Makerbot Fused Deposition Modeller
  • Heine Mechanical Press (blanking)
  • Stacey Hydraulic Press (draw forming, forging)
  • Electronic Discharge machine
  • Wire Bonding machine
  • Instrumented machine tools for teaching and research in various manufacturing processes, eg metal cutting, sheet metal forming, rolling and extrusion


Metrology Laboratory
 

  • Brown and Sharp Coordinate Measuring machine
  • Instron machine
  • Gauges
  • Microscopes

 


Polymer and Composite Laboratory
 

  • Injection moulding machines
  • Extruder
  • Proof Daylight Press
  • Rotoless (Moving Die) Rheometer machine
  • Rubber vulcanizing machine


Nano Laboratory
 

  • DOV vacuum ovens
  • Furnace
  • Magnetic stirrers


Agricultural Machinery Laboratories
 

  • Tillage test track
  • Seed placement test rig and growth chambers
  • Tillage and seeding field test equipment (truck with crane, tractors and seeders)
  • Food and fibre processing facility
  • Mechanical workshop

Experience AME Laboratory

  • Student workbenches
  • Hand tools
  • Display of mechanical items

 

SCT Building

Final Year Project Laboratory

Courses; Electrical and Information Engineering Project 1, Electrical and Information Engineering Project 2, Electrical and Information Engineering Honours Project 2

  • Range of test and measurement equipment  as required for a project based work environment
  • Soldering stations

Communication Laboratory (SCT 1-02)

 Courses; Introduction to Computer Systems

  •  Analog and digital communication system equipment

Digital Electronics Laboratory (SCT 1-10)

Courses;  Introduction to Computer Systems, Digital Devices and Systems, Dynamics of Electrical Machines, Electricity and Electronics,

Data communications and networks, Embedded System Design

  • Computers with specialist software
  • FPGA boards
  • Microcontrollers
  • Bench power supplies
  • Multimeters

General Electronics Laboratory (SCT1-15)

Courses; Electrical and Energy Systems, Introduction to Computer Systems, Microcontroller Programming and Interface, Electricity and Electronics, Electronic Devices and Circuits

  • Digital Oscilloscopes,
  • Power supplies,
  • Digital multimeters,
  • Audio generators,
  • Millivolt meter
  • Soldering stations 

General Electrical Laboratory (SCT1-26)

Courses; Signals and Systems, Electrical Machines 1, Power System Analysis, Power Electronics and Drives

  • AC and DC machines
  • Three Phase Induction machines
  • Induction generators
  • Transformers
  • Autotransformers
  • Synchronous machines

General Electrical Laboratory (SCT1-28)

Courses; Electrical Machines 1, Power Electronics and Drives, Power System Analysis

  • AC and DC machines
  • Three Phase Induction machines
  • Induction generators
  • Transformers
  • Autotransformers
  • Synchronous machines, operation of
  • Range of bench power supplies (two and three phase)

Mechatronics Laboratory (SCT1-28)

Courses;  Vibration Control and Acoustics, Autonomous Mechatronics Systems, Mechatronics System Integration

  • The Mechatronics Laboratory is a multipurpose laboratory able to supply power, data and pneumatics services at either of the seven PODs (workstations) or in a central area.
  • Each workstation has designed to accommodate four students in a highly flexible audio visual environment allowing each of the computer based with 40” monitors to project their work on any other PD or instructors screen
  • FESTO mechatronic system
  • FESTO Robotino
  • Fabrication room including 3D printer for rapid prototyping

Real Time Computing Laboratory (SCT1-40)

Courses; Computer hardware, Signals and Systems, Real Time Systems and Control, Electricity and Electronics, Operation Control Mod Power Systems, Electromechanics, Power Systems Analysis, Mechatronics Systems Integration, Advanced Internet Technology, Digital Signal Processing, System Design Technology.

  • Computing Pool with specialist software
  • Range of purpose built Real Time Systems and Control laboratory equipment
  • Range of bench power supplies (two and three phase)

 

F Building Laboratories

Physics laboratory C (F1-37)

A range of Physics experiments servicing science and engineering students.

 Courses; Engineering Physics, SABIT Mechanics and Physics, Applied Physics 1

  • Conservation of momentum; air table equipment and digital imaging and analysis techniques
  • Determination of an electrons charge and mass ration ( e/m)
  • Speed of sound experiment
  • Data acquisition using TAIN DAQs
  • Interferometry experiment; an investigative technique to extract information about waves usually electromagnetic e.g. light, that is important in investigative techniques in the fields of astronomy, fibre techniques, engineering metrology, bio-molecular interactions, mechanical stress/strain measurement and velocimetry.
  • Planck’s constant; an important  constant related to the quantisation of light and matter.
  • Electron diffraction;  investigation of the wave nature of electrons (wave-particle duality).

Physics laboratory B (F1-41)

A range of Physics experiments servicing science and engineering students.

Courses; Intro to Engineering Physics, Applied Physics 1, Applied Physics 2, Aviation Physics 1N, Physics for Medical Radiation 1, Applied Science Project, Earth and Space

  • Electric circuits introduction; basic concepts
  • Cathode Ray Oscilloscope introduction; an important  electronic test instrument that allows observation of constantly varying signal voltages (AC).
  • Laboratory instrument introduction; a range of important test and measurement instruments and techniques for the use of.
  • AC experiments;
  • Hall effect; Hall effect probes are used as a sensing device e.g. magnetometers, rotating speed sensors, speedometers, current sensors fluid flow sensors.

Physics laboratory A (F1-43)

A range of Physics experiments servicing science and engineering students.

Courses;  Intro to Engineering Physics, Aviation Physics 1, Applied Physics 2,Applied Physics 1N Computational Science 1, Applied Science Project, Earth and Space

  • Gravitational free fall; measurement of the acceleration caused by gravity, g = 9.8 m/s
  • Heat; transfer of energy (heat) from one body to another by thermal interactions and is important knowledge in the understanding of for example heat engines (e.g. combustion engine).
  • Sound; wave properties and characteristics investigation (frequency, wavelength, amplitude and speed) using ultrasonic transducers.
  • Optics; Inverse square law and other optical properties using lenses

Computational Physics Laboratory Pool (F1-48)

A range of specialist physics computational software servicing science and engineering students.

Courses;  Intro to Engineering Physics, Aviation Physics 1, Applied Physics 2, Materials for the future, Optical Communications G, Computational Science 1, Applied Science Project

  • MATHCAD; Industry standard software for engineering calculations.
  • KaleidaGraph;  scientific graphing and data analysis software.
  • LabVIEW; Visual programming language and environment. Customise PC’s to measure and automate collecting data from the physical world
  • MATLAB; High level technical computing language and interactive environment for algorithm development, data visualisation, data analysis and numerical computation.
  • Online Physics Simulation software;

Physics Laboratory D (F2-41)

A range of Physics experiments servicing science and engineering students.

Courses;  SABIT Mechanics and Physics, Practical 1, Engineering Physics

  • Cathode Ray Oscilloscope; Operation of the CRO and investigation of AC measurements.
  • Lasers; Optical measurements using laser equipment.
  • Photoelasticity; experiments to determine stress distribution in a material.
  • Optics; thin lens experiments
  • Optical interferometry; Michelson Interferometer. An investigative technique to extract information about waves usually electromagnetic e.g. light, that is important in investigative techniques in the fields of astronomy, fibre techniques, engineering metrology, bio-molecular interactions, mechanical stress/strain measurement and velocimetry.  

Nuclear Physics laboratory (F2-56)

Courses;  Physics of Materials and Technology, Computational Science 1, Lasers and Optics

  • Wide range of scientific instruments; Data Acquisition Units, Microcontrollers

  • Student Project Laboratory


Physics Instrumentation Laboratory (F2-04)

Courses;  Physics of Materials and Technology, Computational Science 1, Lasers and Optics

  • Wide range of scientific instruments; Data Acquisition Units, Microcontrollers
  • Student Project Laboratory

Physics Optical laboratory (Annex)

  •  Lasers and optics (advanced)


Physics Renewable Energy laboratory (Annex)

  • Renewably Energy equipment; Solar panels investigations, properties and performance.

Physics Optical Communications Laboratory (F2-07)

Courses; Physics of Materials and Technology

  • Optical Fibre Equipment
  • Power output characteristics of laser diodes and LED
  • Transmission characteristics through a plastic optical fibre
  • Transmission and joint losses through a plastic optical fibre
  • Optical fibre basics and calculation of mode number
  • Spectral line width of laser diodes and LED
  • Optical time domain reflectometer
  • HeNe Laser

IT Physics Laboratory (F2-08,09)

Courses; Physics of Materials and Technology, Computational Science 1, Optical Communications.

  • 3/1/2 Power Law and thermionic emission.
  • Schottky effect.
  • Energy gap of a semiconductor.
  • Conductivity and Resistivity of Ge and Si material.
  • Electron diffraction (advanced).
  • Hall effect (advanced).
  • Variation of resistivity of materials with temperature.
  • Spectral response of a photocell.
  • Microwave propagation and polarisation.
  •  Farady law and skin effect.
  • Characteristics of a gun diode.
  • Klystron tube and interaction of microwaves with a plasma.
  • Spectral response of a photo diode and photo resistor
  • Solar cells
  • HeNe laser and optics
  • Determination of Planck’s constant. 

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