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Labs


LETU Engineering students have access to labs and equipment from day one.

Over the years, LETU has invested millions of dollars in state-of-the art equipment and research facilities that cater to the needs of engineering students. Each engineering and engineering technology concentration also carries dedicated lab space where students hone skills essential to their chosen concentration and career fields.

  • Mechanical
  • Civil
  • Biomedical
  • Materials Joining
  • Computer
  • Electrical
  • Engineering Graphics
  • Aero-Electrical
  • Aero-Mechanical

 

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING LAB SPACE

 

Mechanical Engineering Labs 1 & 2

Students use a variety of apparatuses to conduct experiments that allow them to explore physical phenomenon of Mechanical Engineering courses and use transducers to collect data with modern data acquisition systems for analysis.  This lab is where theory, application, differential equations and hands on skills combine to display the beauty and consistency of physical phenomenon.  Example experiment topics include temperature measurement, convection coefficient determination, spring damper response, spring mass response, heat transfer, and flow experiments.  A student favorite is the wind tunnel, which is capable of class 3 hurricane speeds of 111 miles/hour during aerodynamic testing of an adjustable angle airfoil. Students can measure air speed and airfoil lift as well as visualizing air flow using fog injected into the air stream.

Machine Tool & Design Lab    

The Machine Tool and Design Lab is a 7,300 sq. ft. stand-alone facility dedicated to machine tool equipment (primarily metal working) and project space. Underclassmen learnbasic machining skills and use various areas in this facility that are dedicated to project fabrication. Senior design teams are each assigned a dedicated room to use for fabrication of their projects throughout the year. 

The Glaske Center for Engineering, Science & Technology

The Glaske Center houses approximately 3800 sq. ft. of labs utilized by ME students.

Facilities include lab space for the following:

  • Mechanics and Measurements
  • Thermal and Fluid science
  • Vibrations 
  • Mechatronics
  • Electronics and Circuits

 

Maker Lab

Each year freshman start an innovative build project where they learn project planning, teamwork, CAD skills, project construction skills, and technical troubleshooting.  For the past several years each freshman in any Engineering or Engineering Technology major have constructed a 3D polymeric printer that is theirs to keep and use in future projects.  They think they are making a 3D printer, and they are, but the Engineering skills being made in the student are the most profound thing being made in the Maker Lab. 

 

CIVIL ENGINEERING LAB SPACE

Hands-on, active learning experiences is the central element to civil engineering education at LeTourneau University. The department maintains a number of civil engineering labs to facilitate this type of work and to provide students with the best possible learning environment. These facilities and equipment are used by all civil engineering students from freshman to senior year.

 

Civil Materials and Structures Lab

The Material and Structures Lab is the largest of the civil engineering labs and contains a wide range of equipment for characterizing and testing steel, concrete, wood, plastic and composite structural materials. The lab is used for a variety of class related activities and project work from freshman to senior year. The main civil engineering classroom is also set up in this lab, sostudents can learn about material behaviors and then immediately see those behaviors in action.

 

 

Equipment Includes:

  • Sieves and shakers for aggregates
  • Concrete mixers
  • Several large curing baths
  • Universal and compression testers ranging in capacity from 50,000 lbs to 500,000 lbs
  • Surveying equipment, including total stations, digital transits and automatic levels
  • Equipment for the fabrication and testing of concrete and masonry materials
  • Furnaces and ovens used for heat treatment of steels and other metals, as well as drying of samples for testing 

 

Heavy Structures Testing Area

The Heavy Structures Testing Area includes both indoor and outdoor facilities for testing larger structural components and systems. Student class and project work in the Heavy Structures Testing Area use reaction frames that can withstand loads up to 100,000 lb to test concrete beams and bridge deck sections as large as 4 x10 ft. A large structural steel test frame allows for testing of steel beams as long as 35 ft. A full-scale lateral testing frame for evaluating wooden housing structures has also recently been added. 

 

Geotechnical and Asphalt Engineering Lab

The Geotechnical Engineering Lab contains materials and equipment allowing students to conduct soil characterization and testing exercises. Soil sampling equipment is also available to allow students to conduct on-campus soil investigations to a depth of 20ft.

This lab also houses the departments asphalt testing equipment. Available equipment includes an asphalt viscometer, as well as conditioning and testing equipment for asphalt binders. Facilities are available for the manufacture and testing of hot mix asphalt concretes. 

 

Water Quality and Environmental Lab

The Water Quality and Environmental Lab contains testing equipment and facilities that allow students to perform basic water quality analysis, hydraulic system modeling, and the construction and testing of water treatment reactors.

This dual-purpose space includes a small classroom for discussing principles of design and analysis as well as the lab space for demonstrations, research, and project work. Junior and senior level students are able to work with a spectrophotometer, water quality sensors, and an open channel flume for course-related projects whilea senior design project uses the chemical hood to research hydrogen sulfide treatment of wastewater produced by oil and gas wells. 

 

Wood Structures Lab

The Wood Structures Lab allows students to build structural wood systems such as trusses, beams and full-scale frames. Facilities include a variety of wood working equipment for structural lumber and wood sheet products such as plywood or OSB board. 

 

Composites Lab

The Composites Lab is used for a variety of junior and senior level research projects. The lab includes a clean-room fabrication area for conventional laminated composites using glass and carbon fiber. It also contains a large paint-booth which has been modified for the fabrication of large scale structural components using polymer concretes and composites.

Machining facilities include a range of dedicated composites equipment including diamond tipped saws, drills, sanders and grinders. Current research projects in this lab include the development of a new polymer concrete bridge deck system, polymer overlays for bridge deck wearing surfaces, natural fiber reinforced polymers, and studies into the aging characteristics of polymer composites.

 

BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING LAB SPACE

The Biomedical Engineering laboratories are located within the Glaske Center for Engineering, Science and Technology. These labs are equipped with state of the art research and design equipment. LETU students use the biomedical engineering facilities to complete projects for individual courses, as well as for research conducted for senior design projects.

  • Motion Analysis System
    The Motion Analysis system allows students to conduct motion capture, building a three-dimensional model of test subjects in movement for analysis. The motion analysis equipment, valued at more than $200,000, was purchased through an NSF grant written by LETU faculty members. LeTourneau is one of the few undergraduate programs in the nation to have such a system.
  • BioSignal Studies
    In addition to the motion analysis equipment mentioned above, the NSF grant was also used to purchase equipment for studies in bioinstrumentation to obtain computerized measurements of cardiovascular, respiratory, and neurological functions. Signals such as the EEG, EKG (ECG) and EMG are then processed to maximize information content.
  • Electromyography (EMG) System
    The BME laboratory is equipped with a wireless EMG system measuring the electrical signals outputted by multiple muscles when activated.
  • Six Degree of Freedom Force Plate
    The pit in the BME laboratory contains 20 individual tiles that are removable. Two six-axis force plates are installed into the pits to accurately measure multi-dimensional ground reaction forces. These forces result from such actions as a person walking over the force plate or jumping on it. The data from the force plates are combined with the kinematic data from the motion capture system and the EMG system to provide comprehensive analyses of human movement.

MATERIALS JOINING ENGINEERING LAB SPACE

 

 

For 45 years, William "Bill" Kielhorn diligently educated welding engineers and welding engineering technologists at LeTourneau University. Despite being hospitalized for stage IV colon cancer during his last semester, Kielhorn never missed a class in his entire 45-year career. His last lecture was given via Skype from his hospital bed.

Just days later, LeTourneau University commemorated his life and career by naming the university's welding lab the Kielhorn Welding Engineering Lab in his honor. Kielhorn was released from the hospital for a few hours, allowing him to attend the dedication ceremony. Eight months later, Mr. Kielhorn's battle with cancer took him to be with the Lord.

 

 

Most of the Materials Joining Engineering facilities are housed in the 8600-square-foot Kielhorn Welding Engineering Laboratory, the largest stand-alone Materials Joining Lab in the nation. The lab contains over a million dollars worth of equipment, virtually all of which is available to students for class projects and research experiments.

The lab contains equipment to facilitate any number of different welding and joining processes, including multiple types of arc welding, spot welding, friction stir welding, brazing, soldering, adhesive bonding, hybrid joining and more.

The lab also contains equipment that enables automation and control, weldability testing, characterization, mechanical testing, nondestructive evaluation and design and analytical computing.

 

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COMPUTER & ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING LAB SPACE

The Electrical and Computer Engineering facilities include lab space for teaching, research, and senior design projects.

  • Advanced Communications Lab
    The Advanced Communications lab supports courses in communications and digital signal processing. The lab has been used primarily for senior design projects.
  • Advanced Electronics Lab
    Students in Electronics and Electronics Design courses will complete much of their coursework in this lab, including designing their entries into LETU's annual Rube Goldberg Competition.
  • Communications Lab
    The Communications lab supports courses in communications and digital signal processing. The lab has been used primarily for senior design projects.
  • Electronics Lab
    In this lab students learn the fundamentals of electronics through hands-on experimentation. They also learn to use electronic test equipment and Labview for virtual instrumentation.
  • Mechatronics Lab
    The Mechatronics lab houses equipment for the study of electrical motors and generators and for control systems. It is used primarily by engineering technology students taking the Electrical Machinery course. It also supports Control Systems courses taken by engineering students.
  • Microcomputer Design Lab
    The Microcomputer Design Lab supports a course in which students design, build and test a single-board computer. It has also been used for senior design projects.
  • Microprocessor/Microcontroller Lab
    The Microprocessor / Microcontroller lab is equipped with microcontroller and microprocessor trainers and with programmable logic controllers (PLCs). It is primarily used by engineering and engineering technology students who take microcontroller or microprocessor classes. This is also where engineering technology students learn to use programmable logic controllers.

 

ELECTRICAL & COMPUTER ENGINEERING LAB SPACE

The Electrical and Computer Engineering facilities include lab space for teaching, research, and senior design projects.

  • Advanced Communications Lab
    The Advanced Communications lab supports courses in communications and digital signal processing. The lab has been used primarily for senior design projects.
  • Advanced Electronics Lab
    Students in Electronics and Electronics Design courses will complete much of their coursework in this lab, including designing their entries into LETU's annual Rube Goldberg Competition.
  • Communications Lab
    The Communications lab supports courses in communications and digital signal processing. The lab has been used primarily for senior design projects.
  • Electronics Lab
    In this lab students learn the fundamentals of electronics through hands-on experimentation. They also learn to use electronic test equipment and Labview for virtual instrumentation.
  • Mechatronics Lab
    The Mechatronics lab houses equipment for the study of electrical motors and generators and for control systems. It is used primarily by engineering technology students taking the Electrical Machinery course. It also supports Control Systems courses taken by engineering students.
  • Microcomputer Design Lab
    The Microcomputer Design Lab supports a course in which students design, build and test a single-board computer. It has also been used for senior design projects.
  • Microprocessor/Microcontroller Lab
    The Microprocessor / Microcontroller lab is equipped with microcontroller and microprocessor trainers and with programmable logic controllers (PLCs). It is primarily used by engineering and engineering technology students who take microcontroller or microprocessor classes. This is also where engineering technology students learn to use programmable logic controllers.

 

Located in the Glaske Center for Engineering, Science and Technology, a modern 53,000 square foot facility opened in fall 2001.

  • All classrooms have multimedia equipment.
  • A state-of-the-art auditorium is available for special lectures and events.
  • 24 seat computer station Computer Aided Design (CAD) classroom/lab. Each station is loaded with state-of-the-art CAD software

  

 

The Electrical and Computer Engineering facilities include lab space for teaching, research, and senior design projects.

  • Advanced Communications Lab
    The Advanced Communications lab supports courses in communications and digital signal processing. The lab has been used primarily for senior design projects.
  • Advanced Electronics Lab
    Students in Electronics and Electronics Design courses will complete much of their coursework in this lab, including designing their entries into LETU's annual Rube Goldberg Competition.
  • Communications Lab
    The Communications lab supports courses in communications and digital signal processing. The lab has been used primarily for senior design projects.
  • Electronics Lab
    In this lab students learn the fundamentals of electronics through hands-on experimentation. They also learn to use electronic test equipment and Labview for virtual instrumentation.
  • Mechatronics Lab
    The Mechatronics lab houses equipment for the study of electrical motors and generators and for control systems. It is used primarily by engineering technology students taking the Electrical Machinery course. It also supports Control Systems courses taken by engineering students.
  • Microcomputer Design Lab
    The Microcomputer Design Lab supports a course in which students design, build and test a single-board computer. It has also been used for senior design projects.
  • Microprocessor/Microcontroller Lab
    The Microprocessor / Microcontroller lab is equipped with microcontroller and microprocessor trainers and with programmable logic controllers (PLCs). It is primarily used by engineering and engineering technology students who take microcontroller or microprocessor classes. This is also where engineering technology students learn to use programmable logic controllers.

 

Aeronautical-Mechanical Engineering Technology Labs

 

 

 

Machine Tool & Design Lab

The Machine Tool and Design Lab is a 7,300 sq. ft. stand-alone facility dedicated to machine tool equipment (primarily metal working) and project space. Underclassmen learn basic machining skills and use various areas in this facility that are dedicated to project fabrication. Senior design teams are each assigned a dedicated room to use for fabrication of their projects throughout the year.

The Glaske Center for Engineering, Science & Technology

The Glaske Center houses approximately 3800 sq. ft. of labs utilized by ME students.

Facilities include lab space for the following:

  • Mechanics and Measurements
  • Thermal and Fluid science
  • Vibrations
  • Mechatronics
  • Electronics and Circuits

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