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Facilities - Labs

The Engineering Teaching Laboratory (ETL) building houses all laboratories for the Department of Chemical, Civil, and Mechanical Engineering and some for the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. In addition to office space and support facilities, ETL offers about 16,000 sq. ft. of usable laboratory space. All laboratories in ETL are focused in undergraduate instruction. In addition to specific equipment, they all include a computer dedicated to the instructor connected to a ceiling mounted projector. For detailed descriptions of our laboratories and equipment, CLICK on the links below.

ETL 100 - Computer Laboratory (Homework)

The computer laboratory in ETL 111 is an open access laboratory (only open to engineering and engineering technology students) dedicated to homework. It is equipped with 25 computers loaded with most of the software used in the College of E&ET and is used by students to do their homework. Computers are available to students on first-come-first-served basis.

ETL 101 - Basic Electrical/Electronics Laboratory

The Basic Electrical/Electronics Laboratory has 10 stations. Each station is equipped with a 2 channel 100 Mhz oscilloscope (Agilent DS03102A), a 20 Mhz function generator (Agilent 33220A), a DC power supply (Agilent E3620A), a digital multimeter (Agilent 34410A), a National Instruments ELVIS, and a computer. In addition to the tabletop equipment, the lab has a couple of hand held digital oscilloscopes (Agilent U1604A), a couple of Volt/mA calibrators (Fluke 715), a number of protoboards, decade resistor, capacitance and inductance substituter boxes, an assortment or electronic components, a laser printer (HP 4350 DTN), and an projector hooked up to the instructor's computer. All computers have internet access.
ETL 101 is used by the Department of Engineering to teach the following electrical/electronics lab courses:

ELEN 205 - Circuits Laboratory

ELEN 261 - Digital Systems Design Laboratory

In this laboratory the student has the opportunity to construct, troubleshoot, and analyze actual circuits designed using the digital logic gates, Boolean algebra, and sequential circuit theory presented in an entry level class in digital systems.  Examples of functions to be performed by the circuits are chosen from common applications that the student encounters every day, e. g. counters, readouts, traffic light controls, etc.  
Typical experiments performed in this course are:
  • Number Systems, "Construct a digital system that decodes a BCD encoded number and displays the decimal number on a seven segment display."
  • Logic Gates, "Determine experimentally the truth table for NAND, NOR, and NOT logic gates."
  • Boolean Laws and DeMorgan's Theorem, "Experimentlly determine the truth tables for circuits with three input variables, and use DeMorgan's theorem to prove algebraically whether they are equivalent."
  • Logic Circuit simplification, "Develop the truth table for a BCD invalid code detector. Use Karnaugh to simplify the expression.  Build and test a circuit that implements the simplified expression."
  • Adder and Magnitude Comparator, ''Design, build, and test a 4-bit binary to Excess-3 code converter."
  • Combinational Logic Using DeMultiplexers, "Design and implement a traffic light decoder."
  • The J-K Flip-Flop, "Test various configurations for a J-K flip-flop, including the asynchronous and synchronous inputs."
  • One-Shot and Astable Multibrators, "Design and construct an astable multivibrator with specified frequency and duty cycle."
  • Analysis of Synchronous Counters with Decoding, "Design, construct, and analyze a synchronous counter with decoding."
  • The Baseball Scoreboard, "Design and build a logic circuit for part of a baseball scoreboard using shift registers or counters."
  • D/A and A/D Conversion, "Design a tracking ADC and use it to construct a digital light meter."

ELEN 340 - Introductory Electronics

ELEN 341 - Linear Electronics

ETL 106 - Process, Control, and Simulation Laboratory

Detailed description of the lab and equipment
Typical experiments performed in the laboratory are:
  • Experiment 1
  • Experiment 2
  • Experiment 3

ETL 107 - Motor Control Laboratory

The Motor Control Laboratory is used to teach a selection of lab experiments for INST 244: Electric Control Systems (Lec. 2 Lab. 3 Cr. 3), which is a required lecture and lab course for the A.S. and B.S. Engineering Technology concentration in Instrumentation.
This room houses the Hampden Model DCC-100 trainers used to create hard-wired relay circuits for INST244.  It also contains a Motor Control Trainer designed, built, and tested by two B.S. Engineering Technology students and donated by PPG Industries of Lake Charles.
Typical experiments performed in this room for INST244 are:
  1. Holding circuit
  2. Logic functions
  3. Common Control Circuits
  4. Motor Overload Protection
  5. Basic Timing Functions

ETL 108 - Systems and Control Laboratory

The Systems and Control Laboratory is used to teach ENGR 475 (Lab. 3 Cr. 1) which complements the ENGR 430 - Systems and Control course (Lec. 3 Cr. 3). The material covered in ENGR 475 covers traditional modeling, simulation and control type experiments as well as Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC's).  The traditional control principles are taught by engineering faculty. The PLC material is taught by engineering technology faculty.
ETL 108 houses five stations. Each station is equipped with a National Instruments Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (ELVIS) system connected to a networked computer. ELVIS is used as the platform to run experiments in DC Motor Control, Rotary Inverted Pendulum, and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) applications. In addition the lab includes five stand-alone DC Motor Control Trainers used to further demonstrate the fundamentals of motor control, tuning and haptics.
Typical traditional control type experiments (including system modeling and simulation) that can be performed in the ENGR 475 -Systems and Control Laboratory are:
  • Position & Speed Control (stable and unstable systems)
  • Disturbance Rejection
  • Tracking Control & Regulation
  • PID Controller Design
  • Robust Control (H-infinity, µ-Synthesis, Sliding Mode)
  • Intelligent Control (Neural Networks, Fuzzy Logic, AI)
  • Lead / Lag Compensation
  • State-Space Design, State-Feedback
  • System Modeling & Simulation
  • Frequency Analysis (Bode and Nyquist methods, Lead-Lag)
  • Phase & Gain Margin
  • Root Locus Design
  • Nyquist Stability
  • Discrete Time Sampling
  • System Identification (MISO)
  • Multivariable Control Design
  • Observer Design & Implementation
  • Haptics & Force Feedback
The PLC part of the course is taught in Drew Hall 328.  The lab includes houses 7 stations. Each station is equipped with an Allen-Bradley SLC 500, which is a popular PLC found in industry.  Each PLC is mounted on a standard Hubbell rack and has a PC interfaced to the PLC to develop and test PLC programs.  All 7 stations use RSLogix 500 software to develop and test PLC programs, and the LogixPro PLC simulator to create an even larger variety of PLC programs. 

Four of the PLC stations have the following configuration:
  • SLC 5/03 CPU module in a four-slot PLC chassis
  • 8 toggle switches for discrete inputs
  • 8 LEDs for discrete outputs
  • 1 Normally Open pushbutton
  • 1 Normally Closed pushbutton
  • 1 AC input module
  • 1 Relay output module, using 24V as an output voltage
  • 1 Thermocouple module used to measure temperature
One of these four stations is also connected to the Feedback 34-100 Conveyor system and additional modules, such as analog I/O modules, are available to create other PLC configurations.
Three of the PLC stations have the following configuration:
  • SLC 5/04 CPU module in a seven-slot PLC chassis
  • 4 toggle switches for discrete inputs
  • 4 LEDs for discrete outputs
  • 1 AC input module
  • 1 TTL input module
  • 1 TTL output module
  • 1 Relay output module, using 24V as an output voltage
  • 1 Thermocouple module used to measure temperature
  • 1 Analog I/O module
Typical PLC experiments performed in the ENGR 475 -Systems and Control Laboratory are:
  1. Introduction to LogixPro PLC simulation software and ladder logic programming
  2. Fundamentals of PLC logic and converting relay logic to PLC programs
  3. Programming with NO and NC input devices and replacement of control relays
  4. LogixPro simulation of mechanical system control and garage door control
  5. LogixPro simulation of traffic control systems
  6. Programming of timers and counters
  7. Introduction to RSLogix and the PLC racks to seal outputs and control outputs with timers and counters.
  8. Thermocouples, Forcing and Faults on a PLC
  9. PLC control of the Feedback 34-100 Conveyor System
  10. Timer-based cooling tower control system
  11. PLC clock-based cooling tower control system
  12. PLC-based programming of a washing machine timing system

ETL 108A - Special Projects Laboratory

The equipment in ETL 108A are used to supplement laboratories and class demonstrations used in the following courses: MEEN 321 (Dynamics of Machinery), MEEN 402 (Machine Design), MEEN 414 (Mechanical Vibrations), and ENGR 318 (Engineering Measurements), as well as research. They all expose students to real world situations commonly encountered by engineers in industry.
ETL 108A currently houses the following equipment:
  • Machinery Fault Simulator (rolling-element bearings)
  • Machinery Fault and Rotor Dynamics Simulator (lubricated bearings)
  • Vibration Trainer
  • Shaft Alignment Trainer
  • Easy-Laser shaft alignment system
  • Dimension 3D printer
  • Four-Cylinder Engine Demonstrator
  • Basic Mechanisms: Universal Joint, Scotch-Yoke Mechanism, Ratchet Mechanism, Geneva Mechanism, Four-Bar Linkage Demonstrator, Six-Bar Linkage with Quick Return Mechanism
  • Cam-Follower Apparatus
  • Gear Assembly Demonstrator
Most the equipment are equipped with transducers and data acquisition systems. For example, the two simulators are equipped with uni-axial, and tri-axial accelerometers. Students run the simulators with or without faults (bend shaft, chipped gear tooth, eccentric disc, and others) and learn the operational principles and uses of accelerometers. The Vibration Trainer is used to demonstrate pendulum oscillations, 1-DOF and 2-DOF spring-damper-mass systems, beam transverse vibration, torsional vibration, along with accelerometers, proximity sensors, and an 8-channel data acquisition system.
The Shaft Alignment Trainer and the Four-Cylinder Engine Demonstrator are used to teach Mechanical Engineering students how to identify and correct the most common two defects in the industrial world: misalignment and unbalance.
The three dimensional printer (rapid prototyping) is used on an as-needed basis by students taking ENGR 101 - Engineering Graphics (Lec. 1, Lab. 5, Cr. 2) or any student who is working on a projects that require rapid prototyping.

ETL 109 - Strength of Materials Laboratory

The Strength of Materials Laboratory has four stations. Each station is equipped with a Flexor (cantilever flexure frame) a set of pre-gaged cantilever beams, a strain gage application kit, practice patterns, student strain gages, and a P3 Strain Indicator and Recorder. In addition, the lab has a couple of older P3800 Wide Range Strain Indicators with SB 10 Switch and Balance Units, a V/E-40 Decade Resistor Simulator, a 1550A Strain Gage Indicator Calibrator, a 1300 Gage Installation Tester and a Stress-Opticon used to demonstrate the fundamental principles of Photostress. The department of Engineering also owns a SATEC 400HVL Universal Testing Machine (located in ETL 116) that is used to pull and break specimens made out of different grades of steel, brass, aluminum, and several other metals.
Typical experiments performed in the laboratory are:
  • Statistical Analysis and Curve Fitting
  • Modulus of Elasticity - Flexure
  • Poisson's Ratio - Flexure
  • Principal Strains and Stresses
  • Strain Gage Technology
  • Strain Gage Installation
  • Stress and Strain Concentration
  • Cantilever Flexure
  • Constant Stress Beams
  • Tensile Testing
  • Photostress
The Strength of Materials Laboratory is used to teach MEEN 316, the first laboratory course required by all mechanical engineering students. A significant component of this laboratory is technical report writing.

ETL 109 - Engineering Measurement Laboratory

The Engineering Measurement Laboratory has four stations. Each one is equipped with an Agilent E3631A Triple Output DC Power, an Agilent 33120A Function Waveform Generator, an Agilent 54600B Two Channel 100 MHz Storage Oscilloscope and a desktop computer. The computer is the host of a National Instruments (NI) PCI-6025E Data Acquisition 12-bit Board which is connected to a SCXI-1000 4 Slot Chassis. The National Instruments software Labview is used for data acquisition, analysis, presentation and instrument control. The laboratory is also equipped with a number of NI modules such as the SCXI-1121 4 Channel Isolation Amplifier, the SCXI-1122, the SCXI-1126 8 Channel Isolated Frequency Input Kit, the SCXI-1180 Feedthrough Panel and a number of terminal blocks such as the SCXI-1302, SCXI-1320, SCXI-1321, SCXI-1322 and others. In addition to the equipment, the lab has a plethora of sensors, a Bruel & Kjaer Model 4809 Vibration Exciter with a Model 2706 Amplifier and a PCB Impact Force Hammer with several accelerometers and force sensors.
The Engineering Measurements Laboratory is used to teach ENGR 318 which is a required course for all mechanical engineering students.

ETL 109 - Mechatronics Laboratory

Detailed description of the lab and equipment
Typical experiments performed in the laboratory are:
  • Experiment 1
  • Experiment 2
  • Experiment 3
The Mechatronics Laboratory is used to teach MEEN 412 which is a required course for all mechanical engineering students.

ETL 111 - Process Simulation Laboratory

The Process Simulation Laboratory is used to teach PRTC 206:  Process Laboratory I (Lab. 3 Cr. 1) and PRTC 226:  Process Laboratory II (Lab. 3 Cr. 1) which are required lab course for A.S. Engineering Technology students in the Process Plant concentration.  It is also used to teach the lab portion of TECH 324:  Fluid Power (Lec. 3 Lab. 3 Cr. 4) required for A.S. Engineering Technology students in the Process Plant concentration and B.S. Engineering Technology students in the Electronics and Instrumentation concentrations.   Distillation Process Software (DEXTER) is used by CHEM 245:  Distillation and Fractionation (Lec. 3 Lab. 3 Cr 4).
ETL 111 Has 17 networked student PCs.  Each computer has the following software packages installed: 
  • Primedia (Computer-Based Training)  
  • Systran (Computer-Based Training)
  • Simtronics (Process Simulation Software)
  • Hydroflow (Flow and Pressure Drop Calculation Program)
  • Instrucalc (Instrumentation Sizing Program)
  • DEXTER (Distillation Training)
  • Microsoft Office
Additional Equipment in ETL 111 includes:
  • Centrifugal pumps for maintenance lab (3)
  • Screw pump model
  • Gasoline-driven centrifugal pump model
  • Portable glass distillation training unit
  • Miscellaneous Fluid Lab Materials
    • Pipe samples of different sizes and materials of construction
    • Stop watches
    • Vernier calipers
    • Hydrometers
    • O-Haus balance
    • Rulers and meter stick
    • Various glassware
The room also contains a LaserJet printer, an instructor PC, an Infocus projector, an Elmo document camera, an Apollo overhead projector, and an hp scanner.     
Typical experiments performed in this lab as part of TECH 324 are:
  • Measurement Lab
  • Static Head Hydroflo Simulation
  • Density Lab
  • Manometers & Barometers
  • Introduction to Instrucalc Software
  • Excel Graph and evaluation of Tank Hydrostatic Pressure (Tank is located in ETL-120)
  • Piping Material of Construction and Nomian Sizes
  • Calculations and Analysis of Design of Sowela Plant B Decanter
  • Excel Graphs of Positive Displacement Pump performance (Pump is located in ETL-120)
Computer software used in this lab as part of CHEM 245:
  • Computer-Based Training lessons for DEXTER
  • Quizzes and Final Test on the DEXTER lessons
PRTC 206 uses the Simtronics Process Simulation Software.  Typical lab exercises performed in in this lab are:
  • Distillation Expert Trainer (Instrumentation modules used as review)
  • Introduction to Simtronics Simulation System
  • Tank System Simulation Part II-VI
  • Startup of Tank System Test
  • Pumping System Simulation Part I-III
  • Mix Tank Simulation Part I-II
  • Heat Exchanger Simulation
  • Pre-employment Test Preparation
Typical experiments performed in PRTC 226 in this lab are:
  • Flash Tank:  Introduction
  • Flash Tank:  Troubleshooting & Introduction to Unit Operations
  • Unit Operations:  Controlling from the Schematics Page & Troubleshooting
  • Unit Operations:  Controlling from the Groups Page & Cold Startup
  • Unit Operations:  Troubleshooting & Introduction to Distillation
  • Distillation:  Improving Column Separation
  • Distillation:  Increasing Rates & Troubleshooting
  • Distillation:  Cold Startup & Troubleshooting
  • Distillation:  Troubleshooting
  • Methanol/Water Distillation Unit:  Startup, Operation and Shutdown & Introduction to Fired Heater
  • Pump Maintenance
Test:  Timed Startup of Distillation Unit

ETL 116 - Heat Transfer Laboratory

The Heat and Flow Laboratory includes equipment to support experiments concerning Heat Transfer and basic principals of Thermal Sciences. This laboratory consists of Air Condition Lab Unit, Thermal Refrigeration Unit, Steam Power Plant Unit, Heat-Transfer Conductivity Unit, Cross-Flow Heat Exchanger Unit and a Jet-Engine Mini-Lab Unit. The objectives of the laboratory is to perform heat balance by calculating the amount of heat gained by the refrigerant and the heat removed from the air across the evaporator (by using the actual test data), and to compare the results with the calculations done by using energy balance (first law of thermodynamics), to determine the rate of heat- transfer per ton of refrigeration in a pair of water- cooled condensers and compare the results with the chart values, to analyze a Rankine Cycle and to determine the mechanical and thermal efficiencies of a steam power plant, to measure the thermal distribution in circular fins and calculate thermal conductivity of the fin material and heat transfer coefficient of the surroundings air, to analyze the cross flow heat exchange over a single heated cylinder and over a multi-cylinder with fins and to determine steady state temperature difference and surface heat transfer coefficient. Also, investigation of the effect of external fins on the heat transfer watt density of plane tube bundles in cross flow. A SR-30 Jet Engine Mini-Lab Unit is used to display the working of a jet engine cycle and to analyze it.
Typical experiments performed in the laboratory are:
  • Evaporative Heat Balance
  • Heat Exchanger Capacity
  • Turbine & Thermal Efficiencies
  • Thermal Conductivity & Heat Transfer Coefficient
  • Heat Transfer and Inlet Outlet Temperatures
  • Jet Engine
The Heat and Flow Laboratory is used to teach MEEN 415, which is a required course for all mechanical engineering students.

ETL 117 - Surveying Instrument Room

The surveying instrument room houses all the surveying instruments used in the Surveying Field Work performed by all civil engineering students. The inventory includes older instruments like steel tape, Dumpy Level, Transit as well as modern instruments like Automatic Level, Tilting Level and Theodolite and more recent electronic instruments like Electronic Distance Meter, Total Station and GPS.
The students use the above instruments for training in: differential leveling on a loop, horizontal control survey using taping/theodolite, total station and GPS, vertical control survey using automatic level, topographic surveying and map drawing.

ETL 118 - Soil Mechanics Laboratory

The Soil Mechanics Laboratory has all the testing instruments and apparatuses for testing soils to determine its engineering properties, which is used in geotechnical design design of foundation supported by the soil and design of structures made of soil, like embankments, earth dams, structural fills etc. Specialized equipment for research in permeability of soils and soil stabilization are also available in the soils lab.
Typical tests done on soils are: water content, sieve analysis, percent fines, Atterberg limits (soil classification tests), constant and falling head permeability (soil permeability tests), unconfined compression, Triaxial, and Direct Shear (strength tests), consolidation and swell (compressibility and swelling tests), hand auger, dynamic cone, sand cone and volume measure (field tests).

ETL 120 - Fluid Mechanics Laboratory

The Fluid Mechanics Laboratory includes equipment to support experiments in fluid properties and flow in open and closed channels. The laboratory features a subsonic wind tunnel (located in ETL 121) with a 1X1X2 ft test section. Supporting equipment includes a Teknova smoke generator for flow pattern visualization, a TSI IFA 300 constant temperature anemometer that measures mean and fluctuating velocity components, turbulence, and local temperature, and a TSI Model 1129 automated air velocity calibrator. A 16 ft laboratory flume with a 12 inch wide by 18 inch deep cross section is available to support experiments in free surface flows. The flume also includes various supporting accessories (weirs, sluice gate, manometers, and a digital point gauge with carrier). A H-6925-CDL fluid circuits demonstrator with computer data logging equipment supports experiments in conduit flow. Experiments in turbomachinery are supported by three Armfield units; a FM50 centrifugal pump demonstration unit, a FM40 centrifugal fan demonstration unit, and a FM42 centrifugal compressor demonstration unit. A Brookfield DV-II+ Pro viscometer and TC-202 temperature controller is available for viscosity experiments. The laboratory also includes a basic TecQuipment volumetric bench to support experiments with the TecQuipment orifice and free jet apparatus and weir flow demonstration unit.
Typical experiments performed in the laboratory are:
  • Uncertainty in Experimental Data
  • Viscosity Measurement with a Rotating Viscometer
  • Flow Through a Venturi Meter: Validity of Bernoulli's Theorem
  • Flow Measurement Techniques: Calibration of an Orifice and Venturi Meter
  • Unsteady Flow from a Tank through a Orifice
  • Incompressible Fluid Flow in Conduits: Friction and Minor Losses
  • Incompressible Fluid Flow in Conduits: Pipe Networks
  • Centrifugal Pump Performance
  • Cavitation Demonstration
  • Centrifugal Fan and Compressor Performance
  • Hydraulic Jump Formation in a Horizontal Flume
  • Flow over a Vee-Notched and Sharp Crested Weir
  • Boundary Layer Formation on a Flat Plate
  • Experimental Determination of Drag Coefficient
The Fluid Mechanics Laboratory is used to teach ENGR 312, which is a required course for all civil and mechanical engineering students.

ETL 122 - Instrumentation and Controls Laboratory

This room houses 4 lab tables equipped with instrument air supply (0 to 60 psig); 24 volt regulated power supply; wrenches and screwdrivers. Test equipment includes Altek 4 to 20 mA simulators; Fluke volt-ohm-meters; Omega pressure testers; Transmatation pressure/current testers; Resistance decade boxes; Wallace & Ternian pressure/current testers; Rosemount pressure/temperature Calibrators; and instrument air regulators. In addition, it houses a Process Instrument Trainer and a Distributed Control System, a Bentley-Nevada Vibration system, and a variable speed pump with a mass flow meter.
ETL - 122 is exclusively used by the Department of Engineering Technology to teach the following four courses:

INST - 101 Introduction to Process Control I Laboratory

This lab course uses equipment found in the Petrochemical industry such as Foxboro pneumatic pressure/flow transmitters and controllers; Rosemount electronic pressure/flow/temperature transmitters; Fisher and Rosemount I/P Transducers; Honeywell electronic transmitters; Moore electronic analog controllers; Foxboro digital controllers; Pressure gauges; Rotameters; and various control valves.
The INST 101 course stresses hands-on experiments while requiring written reports and teamwork and is required by all process technology and instrumentation technology students.
Typical experiments performed during this course include:
  • Fundamental Units & Techniques of Measurement
  • Safety Audit & Regulators
  • Pneumatic Pressure/Flow Transmitters
  • Pneumatic Controllers
  • Current/Pneumatic Transducers
  • Electronic Analog Pressure Transmitters
  • Electronic Analog Controllers
  • Digital Pressure/Flow Transmitters
  • Digital DP Level Transmitters
  • Bubbler Level Measurement
  • Thermocouples
  • Analog RTD Temperature Transmitters
  • Digital Temperature Transmitter using T/C and RTD's
  • Specific Gravity of Liquids

INST- 102 Introduction to Process Control II Laboratory

Typical experiments performed during this course using the equipment identified above include:
  • Flow Lab
  • Flow Rate from Variable Speed Pump
  • Infrared Thermometer
  • Coriolis Flow Meter
  • Vibration Analysis
  • Valves
  • Digital Programmable Controllers
  • Basic Control Simulation (with Drew 305)
  • Ratio Control (with Drew 305)
  • Cascade and FeedForward Control (with Drew 305)
  • Boiler Feedwater Control (with Drew 305)
  • pH Control (with Drew 305)
  • Simplified DCS Controls
Written lab reports and teamwork is required for this course. The course uses "Simtronics" software for its simulation needs.

INST- 224 Mechanical Measurement Principles Laboratory

Typical experiments performed during this course using the equipment identified above include:
  • Instrument Tubing, Valves and Fittings
  • Setting up Flow and Level Control on Trainer
  • Flow using Vortex, Mass Meter, Rotameter, and DP Transmitter
  • Pneumatic Transmitters/Controllers
  • Pneumatic Control Loops
  • Sizing Orifice Plates & Flow Nozzles for Liquids and Gases (with ETL-104)
  • Sizing Venturi Meters & Restrictive Orifices for Liquids and Gases (with ETL-104)
  • Sizing Relief Valves & Rupture Disks for Liquids and Gases (with ETL-104)
  • Sizing Control Valves for Liquids and Gases (with ETL-104)
  • Pipe Friction & Process Data Calculations (with ETL-104)
  • Process Instrument Trainer for Level
  • Process Instrument Trainer for Flow
  • Installation Details for Pressure/Flow Transmitters
  • Installation Details for D/P Level Transmitters
Written lab reports and teamwork is required for this course. The course uses "InstruCalc" and "Hydroflo" software for its simulation needs.

INST- 234 Electronic Instrumentation and Control Laboratory

Typical experiments performed during this course using the equipment identified above include:
  • Fundamental Control Theory Setup
  • Ratio Control Simulation (with Drew 305)
  • Cascade Control Simulation (with Drew 305)
  • pH Control Simulation using HCl and Caustic (with Drew 305)
  • BFW Control Simulation (with Drew 305)
  • Controls for Boiler Startup (with Drew 305)
  • Distributed Control System Setup
  • DCS Troubleshooting and Alarms
  • Level Control
  • Advanced Flow Measurement Techniques using D/P, Vortex, Mass Meter, and Magnetic Flow Transmitters
  • Simple DCS Programming
  • Pressure Drop Simulation
  • Input Device Sizing
  • Output Device Sizing
  • Flow Control Techniques

ETL 123 - Student Projects LaboratoryEngineering Technology Lab Room 123

Detailed description of the lab and equipment
Typical experiments performed in the laboratory are:
  • Experiment 1
  • Experiment 2
  • Experiment 3

DREW 229 - Teaching Computer Laboratory/Classroom

Drew Hall room 229 is the College's Teaching Computer Laboratory/Classroom. The room includes 30 computers dedicated to student use and 1 computer dedicated to the instructor. It is used by both, the Department of Engineering and the Department of Engineering Technology to teach courses/labs. In addition, the room includes a ceiling mounted projector connected to the instructor's computer, a Smartboard and an Elmo document camera that give the instructor a wide range of state-of-art equipment to present class material. Student work can be printed using a high output laser printer or a high-speed, E-size, graphics printer. All computers carry a wide range of software that is available for student/instructor use.
The lab is used for a selection of software-based experiments that are part of TECH334:  Control Systems Technology (Lec. 3 Lab. 3 Cr. 4), a required course for B.S. students in the Instrumentation concentration of Engineering Technology, and an elective for other B.S. Engineering Technology students.  It is also used to teach TECH104:  Technical Drawing (Lec. 1 Lab. 3 Cr. 2), a required course for A.S. and B.S. Engineering Technology students in the Electronics and Instrumentation concentrations.
Typical experiments performed in this lab for TECH334 using MATLAB and Simulink software are:
  1. Experimental Thermal Model of a House
  2. First and Second Order System Response
  3. Cruise Control Problem Using P and PI control