Mechanical Engineering Teaching Labs
Every undergraduate student enrolled in the Department of Mechanical Engineering is required to take lab courses that align with the core Mechanical Engineering curriculum. These lab courses reinforce the engineering theory taught in lectures through hands-on experimentation. The students learn how to follow experimental procedures and write technical lab reports.
MECH 1100 and 1208, Introduction to Mechanical Engineering I and II, respectively, are taught in the Freshman Studio. Students are introduced to a broad range of concepts that they will encounter in later courses. Each class is based around competition-style team projects that have real-world application.
Fluid Mechanics Laboratory
MECH 3115, Fluid Mechanics Laboratory, is taught in the Fluids Lab. Students perform standard experiments focusing on fluid mechanics concepts including buoyancy, pressure drop, lift & drag, and laminar and turbulent fluid flow. At the end of the semester, the students design and execute and experiment of their own design.
Heat Transfer Laboratory
The Heat Transfer Laboratory, MECH 3120, gives students hands-on experience with various thermal systems. Conductivity, natural and forced convection, and radiation heat transfer are explored in-depth.
Mechanics of Materials Laboratory
MECH 2120, Mechanics of Material Laboratory, is taught in a state-of-the art laboratory. Students learn how to operate industrial machinery to test various material properties including Young's modulus, yield strength, hardness, and impact strength. An advanced graduate course in Experimental Mechanics also utilizes this laboratory.
Dynamic Systems and Controls Laboratory
The Dynamic Systems and Controls Lab supports MECH 2110, Systems and Controls Laboratory. This lab features mechanical and thermal apparatus to teach students how to model and control motion and thermal systems.
Computer Aided Design (CAD) Laboratory
The CAD Laboratory supports many classes which teach Computer Aided Design and Analysis concepts. The lab is equipped with high-performance PC workstations and two industrial 3D-printers. The computers are loaded with different software packages used by Mechanical Engineers including SolidWorks, PTC Creo, CATIA, Ansys, and many more.
Mechanical Engineers are increasingly working on integrated systems that involve electrical and software in addition to traditional mechanical components. Our students are required to take introductory programming and electronic circuits classes to prepare them for their careers on multi-disciplined engineering teams. In the Circuits Lab, students learn how to design, build, and test analog and digital circuits.
The Mechanical Engineering curriculum culminates in a yearlong senior capstone course. Small teams of students complete a real-world project and apply and hone the engineering design and problem solving skills they have learned throughout the rest of their coursework. The UTDesign Studio provides workspace and fabrication.