This laboratory class investigates the concepts of classical Newtonian mechanics through weekly hands-on experiments. Mechanics is the branch of physics that deals with forces and motion, and each lab will highlight a different aspect of this field through interactive exploration. Department of Mechanical Engineering has a very diverse collection of faculty with great knowledge in these fields.
Demonstrate and test the fundamental concepts of mechanics through tangible examples, helping students form lasting connections between theory and real-world behavior. Train students in reliable methods for obtaining experimental data, presenting numerical results, and extracting meaningful information from such numbers. Give students valuable practice in and guidance on clear, concise technical communication, including graphing, writing, and speaking.
Excite students about science, engineering, and technology, with specific emphasis on the excitement of being a mechanical engineer and the many ways that fundamental mechanics principles affect our everyday lives.
List of Major Experiments:
Verification of Varignon’s theorem;
Determining spring stiffness under tension and compressive loads; Strain gauge based strain/ deflection/ force measurement of a cantilever beam;Tension Test and Compression Test of ductile and brittle materials: stress-strain diagram, determination of yield strength, ultimate strength, modulus of elasticity, percentage elongation and percentage reduction in areas, observation of fractured surfaces; Bend and rebend test of flat test pieces, determination of bending stresses;
Torsion Test; Hardness Tests: Brinnel/ Vickers and Rockwell tests, Shore hardness test;
Experiments on friction: determination of coefficient of friction;
Experiments to observe speed ratios obtained using belt pulley and gears, and to evaluate torque and energy required.
SPRING TESTING MACHINE
TORSION TESTING MACHINE
HARDNESS TESTING MACHINE
IMPACT TESTING MACHINE
FRICTION TESTING MACHINE
FATIGUE TESTING MACHINE