Laboratory Facilities

Laboratory experience is an indispensable part of the educational process and a key factor in preparing students for real engineering practical life; for this reason, the College of Engineering and Technology operates more than 40 laboratories within its premises. All the laboratories are equipped with state of the art tools and facilities that provide hands-on practice for students; furthermore, the laboratories also provide a test bed for research to the faculty. Professional personnel are always available to give help and support to students in projects and experiments; hence, a free access policy outside the regular lab hours in a safe and secure environment for experimentation and research is one of the privileges enjoyed by our students.

Future Expansions

The College of Engineering and Technology is continuously reviewing, updating and even developing its lab facilities. The following is a short list of the planned expansions for the College’s laboratories in the near future:

  • Upgrading the digital systems and computer architecture lab.
  • Upgrading the physics labs.
  • Upgrading the microprocessor laboratory.
  • Developing a new lab for renewable energy.
  • Developing a new laboratory for shock and vibrations experimentation and analysis.
  • Expanding the capabilities of the refrigeration and air conditioning lab.

Click on the following Laboratorie titles for more information:

Antennas and Microwave

The purpose of this laboratory is teaching the students how to measure and test experimentally the different antenna specifications such as directivity, half power beam width, bandwidth, antenna pattern,…, etc. for many different antenna configurations to simulate those different antennas on computer using NEC and computer FORTRAN codes, to measure the standards and specifications of the different transmission lines and waveguides.
Electromagnetic Wave Propagation and Electromagnetic Transmitting Media courses are taught in this laboratory.

Analog Control

The lab is equipped with different process control analog systems simulators; pressure, temperature, flow and level trainers. Different types of related sensors and actuators are available for demonstrating their construction, characteristics and applications. Furthermore, control system for different types of DC and AC motors are available.

Architectural Computer Laboratories  

The Architectural Computer Labs at the Architectural Engineering & Environmental Design Department, AASTMT, are useful aid to architectural students where they boast the latest technologies in desktop computers.
With computer technicians constantly at hand, the computers are always updated with the latest software and drivers. To encourage architectural students’ artistic side, graphic design and animation programs are at their disposal as well as top of the line architectural rendering and Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs that help the students deliver their creative ideas across to their professors. 
In addition to direct access to the computer network that connects to the internet at all times, and the wireless network that can be accessed in from every class, the research process that is essential to the design process, is made a little easier, saving the architectural students time and allowing them to be  more productive.

Chemistry Lab (1)

The Lab contains devices used for chemical analysis of water and simple analyses of lubricating oils. The devices and apparatuses are found in this lab; pH meter to measure acidity and alkalinity for a solution, conductivity meter measures the electrical conductivity and total dissolved solids in a solution, spectrophotometer 2010 determine the concentration for different elements and groups in water, BOD (biological oxygen demand) to determine how fast biological organisms use up oxygen in a body of water, COD (chemical oxygen demand) to use indirectly measure the amount of organic compounds in water and Oil Kits for test the ability to use the lubricating oils.

Chemistry Lab (2)

The Lab contains devices used for chemical analysis of water and simple analyses of fuel oil, the devices and apparatuses are found in this lab include: Spectrophotometer 2000 for digital reading of the elements and groups concentration in water, titration apparatus for quantitative analysis of solutions, distillatory to prepare a distilled water and flash point meter for determination of the lowest temperature at which the material can form an ignitable mixture with air.

Communications Engineering Labs

Electronics and communications engineering department has advanced communications engineering laboratory facilities which are totally accessible to all students and faculty members in AASTMT. The analog and digital communication laboratories are designed and developed to provide students with hands-on experiences related to communications engineering courses. The two communications engineering laboratories support undergraduate and postgraduate courses and projects delivered in the electronics and communications engineering program.

Computer Labs

The Computer Labs have high technology computers and printers. Courses taught are Data Structures, Structured Programming, Database systems, Operating Systems, Data Security, Introduction to Computers, Programming Applications, Object Oriented programming, Advanced Programming, Introduction to Software Engineering, Computer Graphics, Pattern Recognition, Modeling and simulation.

Construction Surveying and Geology

The construction surveying and geology laboratory provides the students with the sufficient practical training to perform the essential surveying processes which include theodolite traversing, profile leveling, leveling applications and countering, and  layout of construction projects. In addition, the objective of the construction surveying and geology laboratory extends also to serve both the courses of postgraduate studies and the research effort in the area of the construction surveying. Construction surveying and geology lab may also serve the construction industry through the ability for conducting different construction surveying processes and photogrammetric and remote sensing.

Construction Materials Lab

The construction materials laboratory was established with the objective to provide an appropriate environment for students to examine some basic properties of different construction material such as aggregates, cements, concrete, masonry, wood and wood products and steel reinforcement. Through various experiments, the properties of both physical and mechanical properties of different construction materials are examined thoroughly. Students will also get hand-on experience with the way concrete is mixed, transported, placed and compacted.  The tests are conducted to determine the engineering properties in terms of strength, strain, elasticity, stiffness durability, and workability. This lab is also used for the designing, proportioning, mixing, casting, curing, and tooling of concrete batches. All tests are performed based on ASTM, ACI, and AASHTO testing specifications. The objective of the construction materials laboratory extends also to serve both the courses of postgraduate studies and the research effort in the area of the properties and testing of advanced materials in construction. Moreover, the construction materials laboratory is capable of serving the community and the construction industry through conducting different quality control tests for various raw building materials and final products needed in the construction industry.

Diesel Engines Lab

The Lab contains diesel engines covering hands-on training purposes for marine, mechanical engineering and maritime transport students in addition to vocational tutoring; including the SULZER® diesel engine of 4 stroke type, having 6 cylinders of trunk type piston producing 1100 hp at 750 r.p.m.
Another engine of 2 stroke type having 3 cylinders producing 750 hp at 320 r.p.m is also available and can be operated either locally or remotely from the engine control room, similar to that normally found on board ships. Two FIAT® diesel engines driving two alternators are available. Beside the previously mentioned engines, another two engines are dedicated to dismantling and assembly purposes. A small workshop equipped with a lathe, a drill, and welding tools is allocated for maintenance operations.

The Digital Circuits Lab

The Digital circuits Labs are one of the main laboratories in Computer Engineering department.  They provide an equipped environment for students to design and develop digital circuits. The available instruments and apparatuses facilitate students work ranging from fundamental Digital Logic circuits to advanced Digital applications. Introductory Digital logic courses are taught in this lab.

Digital Control Lab

The digital control lab is equipped with micro- processor and micro controller boards together with interface kits and cards to demonstrate the application of various digital control techniques to process and electrical machinery. Programmable logic controllers are also included in the lab; different brands are used to provide students with up-to-date market requirements and related essential programming experience. The laboratory is also equipped with digital signal processor kits. 

Environmental Design Laboratory

The overarching goal of the Environmental Design Laboratory EDL is to advance sustainable design through research, education, and community outreach, with the aim of improving the dynamic interaction among the built, natural, and human environments. The Lab's primary purpose is to support the department’s curriculum and the educational experience of our under/postgraduate students. The EDL is committed to providing hands-on measurements and experimentation as a viable component of the environmental design educational programs. In addition to providing specific environmental performance rigs and tests, EDL provides number of computational simulation facilities which support students’ various design projects, assignments and students’ requirements. The EDL may work jointly with the facilities of the woodshop and the metal shop, as well as the model-making cutter workshop.
The EDL is equipped with simple and advanced devices in order to monitor both indoor and outdoor onsite environments. The Environmental Design Laboratory EDL underpins many of the activities of the Architectural Engineering & Environmental Design Dept.  EDL works jointly with the EDRG Environmental Design Research Group as well as supporting postgraduate/research students. EDL and EDRG facilities offer support in:-

  • Environmental Awareness Programs
  • Physical scale Models,
  • Lighting Laboratory Applications
  • Natural Ventilation and Airflow Laboratory Applications
  • Numerical and Computational Simulation Tests and Modeling,
  • Laboratory-Based Rigs and Onsite-field Monitoring.

  Electronics Laboratories

The Electronic labs, electronics Lab 1 (232) and 2 (230) are required to serve the Electronic group courses. Lab 1 (232) serves the courses taught in other departments (ex. The Fundamentals of electricity and electronics) and the devices courses, while lab 2 (230) serves the electronic circuits courses. The students, in both labs, are required to design and construct the different experiments with the help of different simulation programs the most important of which is the PSPICE program. Fundamentals of Electricity and Electronics, Electronic Amplifiers, Microelectronic Circuits, Analog Signal Processing and Electronic Devices 2 courses sessions' are held in these laboratories.

Electrical Power lab

The lab is equipped with different safe and easy to use panels that demonstrate the operation of different parts of power system. These panels are designed to display performance tests of generating system, transformer station and the transmission system under different normal and abnormal operating conditions.. Furthermore, the laboratory contains a 6.6 kV transformer.

Electrical Engineering Workshop

The workshop is equipped with different – easy to assemble- component panels that help the students to build electrical protection systems. In addition, several demo relays are available to demonstrate their internal structure. Furthermore, sets for demonstrating electric machines testing and construction are available. The workshop also serves the analog measurement experiments. 

Electrical Circuits Lab

The electric circuit lab is essential for all engineering students who cover the topic of electric circuit in their study. The lab is equipped with several variable voltage power supplies, function generators, oscilloscopes and millimeters. The lab provides passive circuit elements such as resistors, inductors and capacitors for students to implement various electric circuit experiments and validate their results to obtain the necessary practical experience.

Electrical Machines and Power Electronics

This lab contains dc machines, transformers, induction motors and synchronous alternators with power supplies and measuring equipment to build experimental setups to demonstrate the performance and characteristics of electrical machines. The lab includes also modules of power electronic devices and scopes suitable to build power electronic circuits and demonstrate device control and performance. Furthermore, converter and inverter drive sets are available to be applied with different machine types.

Field-Programmable Gate Array Lab

The Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) Lab is devoted to the application of FPGA technology to information processing and general computing using VHDL synthesis methods for hardware development. Lab is equipped with commercial CAD software for VHDL simulation, synthesis, and implementation of systems in programmable XILINX XUP 100,000 gates FPGA devices. The courses taught in this lab are Digital System Design, Computer Architecture, and Computer Performance.

Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics

The lab provides facilities for undergraduate teaching, final year projects and for research work leading to postgraduate degrees.
This lab consists of several experimental setups for verifying the basic laws of fluid mechanics and some flow measuring devices. It can also be used for fundamental studies into the structure of wake-flows and turbulent boundary layers. Throughout the laboratory there is access to fresh and salt water (which can be chilled and filtered), drainage trenches, and compressed air. Also available are oil hydraulic power supplies.
The laboratory provides supports to both undergraduate and graduate teaching so that students have the opportunity to see by themselves the essential fluid mechanics principles, and to verify the applicability of various assumptions, models and analysis methods. It also provides facilities for researches in hydraulics, fluid mechanics and related fields to support graduate studies. Thus much of the fundamental research in the laboratory is comprised of thesis investigations.

Global Maritime Distress and Safety System

The purpose of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) laboratory is teaching the students how to acquire skills using some computer programs such as:

  • The NEC and computer FORTRAN codes for measuring the different antenna specifications such as directivity, half power beam width, bandwidth, antenna pattern,…,etc.; and simulating those different antenna configurations.
  • The computer MATLAB codes for simulating the different communication systems to teach students the principles of those systems; and teaching students how to deal with the program for quantitative measurement of the phenomena of the communication systems and signals processing without the use of expensive instruments.

Heavy Structures Laboratory

The laboratory experiments conducted in heavy structures laboratory are a part of the construction and building engineering program.  The laboratory serves both undergraduate projects and post-graduate research.  For undergraduate students, the laboratory provides the necessary skills for performing appropriate experiments on R.C., steel member, and composite members to determine their behavior such as; load capacity, failure modes, load-deflection and stress versus strain, using the sufficient equipments for measuring these variables when subjected to static loading.  The objective of the heavy structures laboratory covers also the courses of post-graduate studies and the research effort concerning with the engineering properties and behavior of R.C. and steel heavy structures. Moreover it can also serve the building and construction industry by conducting the required researches on reinforced concrete and metallic structures elements e.g. (columns, beams, slabs and joints), as well as structural types e.g.(frames, trusses, arches).

Human Factors and Ergonomics

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Laboratory is actively involved with the Industrial and Management Engineering department, offering training services, and consultation to the local and regional industrial community. In addition, it facilitates the education and research development of both undergraduate and graduate students. The lab conducts work in theoretical and applied ergonomics, work physiology, primarily relating to worksite, workstation, and equipment evaluation and design.  It specifically focusing on: biomechanics of the human body (modeling, strength, motions, and working postures); human engineering of systems, equipment, tools, workstations, and work tasks; and ergonomic design for safety, comfort, and performance. This Laboratory is particularly well equipped to do research in a variety of areas including: Dexterity and Coordination, involving the use of hands, development over time and activities that involve precise hand-eye coordination. Strength measurement includes equipment for measuring the muscle fatigue when performing different tasks. Physiological measures, testing the human limitations and abilities of individuals to perform a specific task such as: testing the lifting abilities of humans, recommending the right posture for lifting. Anthropometrics, the lab comprises a wide range of anthropometric equipment for different human body measurements, to gather the characteristic measurements of a population.

Light Structures Laboratory

The objective of the experimental tests taking place in the light structures laboratory is to provide students with the necessary information to understand the theory of structures basics using modern tools that are available in the lab. The laboratory includes various devices for applying the required experimental tests such as bending of beams, torsion of circular rods, buckling of columns, and deflection of beams. Students are supplied with booklets showing the different experiments steps and the procedure for obtaining results. Students are required to submit a final report showing in engineering curves the outputs of the experiments and their comments. The light structures laboratory can serve the courses of post-graduate studies and researches in the scope of the structural behavior of light structures. Moreover, the laboratory may help the building and construction industry through performing the needed researches concerning the light structures.

Marine Engineering Lab (1)

This lab is used for educational and training purposes of marine engineering and maritime transportation students and graduates. The lab incorporates some of the equipment a trainee would face in marine engine rooms, such as; Valves and main thrust bearings. This lab covers areas related to the different types of valves, their purposes of use, how to maintain valves e.g. packing a gland, preparing gaskets, and lapping of valves to their respective seats using proper tools and materials. A main thrust bearing is available for the purpose of dismantling, inspection, measuring the clearances, re–conditioning of thrust pads, and assembly.

Marine Engineering Lab (2)

This lab is assigned to pumps, compressors, and steering gear training for marine engineering and maritime transport students. The lab covers areas related to the different types of pumps and compressors, their applications in use, their constructional details, probable defects and faults and their remedial actions. Trainees from different disciplines, related to those areas, practice the importance of steering gear, its vital role in a ship, and its operational procedure at sea, especially in emergency situations.

Materials Testing Lab

The Materials Testing Lab is one of the first labs established in the College of Engineering, AASTMT. The Materials Testing Lab currently serves different educational and scientific activities. The lab plays a pioneering role in the QC/QA of construction work using its up-to-date facilities.
The material testing laboratory includes Tensile Testing, Impact Testing, Crack Tip Opening Displacement (CTOD), Fracture Toughness Test (FTT), Fatigue Test (FT), Bend and Hardness Test, Stress Rupture Test and many other destructive tests on metals. The lab services the mechanical, marine and the industrial departments. The lab service subjects like material science, mechanics of materials and stress analysis. It provides facilities for undergraduate teaching, final year projects, and for researchers work leading to postgraduate degree.

Mechanical Vibration Lab

The Mechanical Vibrations Lab is a modern facility for performing advanced vibration analysis. The Vibrations Lab is used for undergraduate education, graduate education, senior design projects, and advanced research. Equipment in the lab includes accelerometers, miniature accelerometers, load sensors, impact hammers, miniature impact hammers, shakers, and piezo-ceramic patch actuator/sensors. Data is analyzed using oscilloscopes. Basic experiments performed in the lab for undergraduate education include time and frequency domain vibration analysis of simple structures including MDOF modal analysis.

Mechatronics Lab

Mechatronics is the synergistic integration of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, electronics, computer science, and control theory for the design of intelligent systems. Mechatronic systems are used in automotive systems, aerospace systems, consumer electronics, and robotics. The Mechatronics Laboratory was established to support embedded control systems in Mechanical Applications. Mechatronics Lab objective is to expect the student to understand the real pleasure of research through finding research themes, establishing theories, developing systems, conducting experiments, and presenting results. The lab supports courses like introduction to Mechatronics, Mechatronics systems, Robotics and Applications and Final year Graduation projects as well as graduate studies.

Microprocessor Labs

The Microprocessor labs are equipped with all the necessary lab equipments, Micro Controller Kits, and all types of tools, accessories and a variety of Digital / Analogue components. These labs characterize the computer engineering department. Continuous upgrades are conducted on it to assure that it is compatible with the latest technological advances. The lab work aims to develop and enhance the students' capabilities in several relevant aspects. Practical skills are developed through experiencing real life scenarios. Present in the labs practical facilities for all Micro Processor Basics, Interfacing, Programming, Controlling and Monitoring and it is further being enhanced with the addition of many new Micro Controllers, Micro Controller Kits, Micro Processors / Controller Training stations and Interfacing Units. Courses taught in these labs are Digital Electronics, Introduction to Microprocessor, Data Acquisition Systems, Intelligent Robotics and Microcomputer Based Design.

Non-Destructive Testing Laboratory

The laboratory is under the supervision of the industrial and management engineering department. It provides tools for the non-destructive testing of welding, detecting flaws and discontinuities in materials as well as tools for measuring the thickness of coating layers and materials. The lab also contains equipment that is used in detecting the macroscopic structure of materials. It contains the following instrumentation:
A group of approved welding defects specimens, dye penetration test, magnetic particle test for surface defects of welds, X-ray test demo kit, Ultrasonic devices for (Paint layer thickness measurement, material thickness measurements and flaw detection of welding), Eddy current devices for flaw and crack detection of materials, grinding machine with water cooling for metal surface preparation before microscopic examination, dry polishing machine for final preparation of surfaces, endoscope for micro internal examinations, microscopes with different magnifications and heat treatment oven up to 3000° C. The lab services the undergraduate and graduate students and has a good connection with the industry. It is used in the practical training for welding courses and diplomas and its instrumentation is used for the external inspection services and consultations activities carried out by its professional staff.

Physics Lab (1)

The lab is equipped to help engineering students to carry out Physics experiments covering several topics in current electricity, magnetism and optics.
Electricity, Magnetism, and Light is an engaging introductory treatment of electromagnetism and optics for first semester physics and engineering majors. Lab experiments focus on conceptual understanding, with an emphasis on relevance and historical development. Mathematics is specific and avoids unnecessary technical development. They emphasize on physical concepts, analyzing the electromagnetic aspects of many everyday phenomena, and guiding readers carefully through mathematical derivations. They Provides a wealth of interesting information, from the history of the science of electricity and magnetism, to connections with real world phenomena in science and engineering to common sense advice and insight on the intuitive understanding of electrical and magnetic phenomena.

Physics Lab (2)

The lab is equipped to help engineering students to carry out Physics experiments covering several topics in thermodynamics, heat transfer, waves and sound.
Engineering curricula are notoriously demanding. One way to make the material easier to grasp and more fun to learn is to emphasize the experimental or "hands-on" aspects of engineering problems. This unique laboratory is about learning through active participation in experiments, and it specifically aims to dispel some of the mystery so many students associate with the study of thermodynamics and heat transfer. A collection of experiments are performed in heat transfer and thermodynamics contributed by leading engineering educators. Each experiment follows the same step-by-step format, which includes the objective of the experiment, apparatus needed, procedure, suggested headings, and references. The experiments use apparatus that is easily built or attainable. Among the topics covered are heat conduction, convection, boiling, mixing, diffusion, radiation, heat pipes and exchangers, and thermodynamics.

Physics Lab (3)

The lab is equipped to help Nautical students to carry out various physics experiments covering several topics in mechanics, wave, sound, magnetism and optics. Laboratory sessions will usually be preceded with class discussion or demonstration explaining specific procedures to be followed. Laboratory exercises are designed to complement the theory presented in class and, as such, are often a compromise between the abstract world of point masses, frictionless tables, and mass-fewer strings usually assumed and the real world. We are trying to reinforce the abstract concepts of force, velocity, vectors, etc. with some real everyday phenomena in order to make the physics meaningful. Often the student will discover enough disagreement that you can make some intelligent observations as to the cause of the discrepancy.

Radar Laboratory

Several skills are added to the students through the study in this laboratory such as how to measure and test experimentally the principles of radar system using the lab-Radar trainer, also how to measure the different phenomena of the radar without the use of expensive instruments and to upkeep and repair the instruments such as TV and Radar (Troubleshooters). GMDSS and Applied Telecommunication System use the laboratory facilities.

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Lab

Refrigeration and air conditioning industry is considerably growing all over the world. It covers a wide range of activities in industry, science and research applications for the comfort and benefit of mankind and his living environment. The focus of the refrigeration and Air conditioning lab is to aid the refrigeration and air-conditioning industry in the transition from CFC-11, CFC-12 and HCFC-22 to new, environmentally acceptable refrigerants.
Practical training on refrigeration and air conditioning systems is conducted within this lab, where the trainees could improve their experience and technical knowledge concerning various related equipments. The lab current capabilities permit a variety of technical courses for engineers working in the field of that industry.

Soil Mechanics Laboratory

The experimental tests of soil mechanics is a part of the Construction and Building Engineering program. The educational objective of experimental work is to provide the undergraduate students with the necessary skills for performing appropriate laboratory experiments on the soil samples to determine the physical and engineering properties of the samples using modern tools available in the lab. Students also get hand-on experience with the way of analyzing the tests results and using the results in preparing a technical soil report.  All tests are performed based on ASTM testing specifications. The soil mechanics lab may also serve the practical research activities in geotechnical engineering for post-graduate students. The laboratory can also take a place in the building and construction industry by conducting the required experimental tests on soil samples used for preparing soil technical reports, analysis of pile-load tests results, proposing soil improvement techniques for external projects.

Steam Power Engineering Lab

This lab is used for operations related to Boiler and purifiers training of mechanical, marine, and maritime transport students.
The lab includes two models of fire tube boilers, enabling the trainees to analyze the operation of boilers and their safety devices, how to raise steam in a boiler, the operational faults and how to rectify them. Purification of oil, getting rid of sediments and impurities are very important on board ship to protect the main engine and auxiliary systems of lubrication.
A steam turbine model is available for the purpose of examining the internal parts such as nozzles, fixed blades, and bearings …etc.

Thermodynamics Lab

The Thermodynamics Lab covers a wide range of interests in the areas of Mechanical Engineering associated with energy use and efficiency.  The Lab helps in developing practical solutions to problems in thermodynamics and heat transfer. The Lab houses undergraduate experiments in heat transfer and internal combustion engines as well as research equipment used by postgraduates and research staff. During the final year of the undergraduate degree, students can specialize in courses associated with the Thermodynamics Lab and undertake final year projects in the laboratory.

Transportation Engineering Laboratory

The laboratory experiments conducted in transportation engineering laboratory is a part of the highway design and construction course. The laboratory serves both of undergraduate and post-graduate students. For undergraduate students, the lab provides the necessary skills for conducting the different experimental tests on asphalt samples and pavement materials such as: California bearing ratio (CBR), M California bearing ratio (CBR), Marshal Test for asphalt samples, Marshal Test, and flow and stability for asphalt samples.
The post-graduate students can also use the laboratory equipments in the experimental work necessary for researches. Moreover the transportation engineering lab can also serve the building and construction industry by conducting the required tests of construction asphalt materials as well as developing new materials through the use of recycled and waste materials.