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Low Speed Aerodynamic Wind Tunnel

Specifications:
Type: Closed loop
Velocity range: 10 - 60 m/s
Test section size: 1.2m x 0.8m

Low Speed Aerodynamic Wind Tunnel

 


Atmospheric Wind Tunnel

Specifications:
Type: Open loop (turbulent boundary layer)
Velocity range: 0 - 15 m/s
Test section size: 0.94 m x 1.145 m

Atmospheric Wind Tunnel
 Two-phase modular tube in tube heat exchanger 

Heat Transfer LaboratoryVapour compression cycle (for R-134a, R-407C, R-22) featuring modular test section that can be operated in either evaporator or condensation mode. System features scroll compressor (10 kW cooling capacity), electronic expansion valves, tube-in-tube condenser/evaporator (featuring smooth-, helical micro-fin-, or herringbone micro-fin tubes), pre-condenser(or pre-evaporator), post-condenser (or post-evaporator), sub-cooler, servo-controlled water flow valves, four coriolis flow meters, six pressure transducers, 48 temperature channels (Pt-100 or thermocouples), six centrifugal water pumps, high-pressure sight glasses, high-speed video camera, and capacitive void fraction sensor.

Single-phase tube-in-tube heat exchanger Single-phase tube-in-tube heat exchanger Single-phase experimental set-up (for water, water/brine mixtures) featuring tube-in-tube test section with three different types of inlet configurations (bell-mouth, re-entrant, and square-edged). Test sections tested are smooth tube, helical micro-fin tube and herringbone micro-fin tube. System features two servo-controlled water pumps, three coriolis flow meters, two pressure transducers, Validyne pressure selector (48 channels), 30 thermocouple channels, water flow valves, four coriolis flow meters, six centrifugal water pumps, computerized control and data acquisition system. Tests can be conducted in the Reynolds number range of 100 - 4500, Prandlt number range: 2 - 8, flow regimes: laminar, transitional and turbulent flow.


Sasol Laboratory for Structural Mechanics

The Sasol Laboratory for Structural Mechanics is home to the structural fatigue, structural dynamics and vehicle dynamics research in the department. The laboratory is equipped with an excellent infrastructure of servo-hydraulic testing machines and controllers, and is able to perform complex multi-actuator tests as well as simple single axis tests.

Facilities include 100 kN and 630 kN Schenck Hydropuls testing machines, an assortment of smaller servo-hydraulic actuators, various Zwick Roell servocontrollers, sophisticated test software, and a 8 m x 9 m isolated test block with Stolle Plates for the setting up of large multi-actuator tests.

Sasol Laboratory for Structural Mechanics Sasol Laboratory for Structural Mechanics

The laboratory has recently also acquired a Polytec Scanning Laser vibrometer.

Vibration monitoring research has prompted the development of a variety of rotating machine fault simulators, which are used in the accelerated testing of machine elements and the development of new vibration monitoring.

Sasol Laboratory for Structural Mechanics Sasol Laboratory for Structural Mechanics

The vibration testing facilities in the laboratory include various SigLab, Spider and National Instruments multi-channel data-acquisitioning systems with an assortment of electro-dynamic actuators, vibration sensors including micro-accelerometers and seismic accelerometers, displacement transducers, force transducers, as well as telemetry and GPS systems for vehicle response measurement.

Sasol Laboratory for Structural Mechanics 


 Workshop facilities

Facilities are provided where students can work on their various projects ranging from first year to post graduate students. The facilities are divided into two areas namely the student workshop and the precision workshop.  All services in this workshop are provided by means of technical assistance from a qualified toolmaker. Supervision in the form of qualified artisans is available in the student workshop during office hours.  The typical equipment available for the students includes:

Workshop facilities
  • Lathes: 5 mechanical and 2 numerical control
  • Milling machines: 5 mechanical and 3 numerical control
  • Surface grinders: 2
  • Bench grinders: 5
  • Guillotine: 1 (2.5 x 6 mm plate)
  • Bending brake: 1 (2.5 mm x 5 mm plate)
  • Various other small equipment
  • Welding equipment
    • TIG
    • MIG
    • Gas
    • ARC

Computer facilities

All mechanical undergraduate and post-graduate students have access to three computer centers (each containing a number of labs) which are located in close proximity on Main Campus. These centers collectively provide access to 492 computers. These computer Facilities are:

Engineering Computer CenterEngineering Computer Center (See facility web site)

  • 272 Pentium IV computers with 512GB ram or better
  • Microsoft Windows XP operating system
  • Internet Access
  • Extensive range of software such as:
    • Microsoft Office
    • Solid Modelling software
    • Finite Element Software
    • Flow Simulation Software
    • Various Utility Software

Open Labs: InformatoriumOpen Labs Informatorium (See facility web site)

  • 220 Pentium IV computers with 1GB of ram.
  • Microsoft Windows XP operating system
  • Internet Access
  • Microsoft Office

 

 

CAEC LabCAEC Lab

  • 144 Celeron computers
  • Microsoft Windows XP operating system
  • Microsoft Office

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