School of Engineering
Our students have access to state-of-the-art experimental and computational facilities, as well as expert technical support staff. We have invested heavily in our facilities so that you can put the knowledge you gain from our courses into practice.
Lectures and tutorials for on-campus students usually take place in the our lecture theatres and classrooms. Some courses may also be taught online using our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
Computer suites and associated software are regularly upgraded to reflect current industrial practice and course requirements, and our laboratories are staffed by experts in the respective fields.
Advanced Polymers and Composites Laboratory
Our facilities for the development and testing of advanced composites and polymers include:
- Nano-testing (indentation, scratching and impact)
- Thermal characterisation
- Mechanical, durability and surface properties testing
- Non-destructive evaluation
- Manufacturing facilities
Analogue Electronics and Control Engineering Laboratory
This laboratory has a fully equipped suite for analogue testing and measurements and 8 project areas for control system design, analysis and development.
All benches have PCs with relevant software suites such as circuit simulations, Gesseca, Spice Age, Microcap and control system simulations, ServoCad, Matlab.
Facilities also include inverted pendulum equipment, Servoset systems, helicopter demonstration and development kits and sets of walking robots.
Computer Aided Design and Rapid Prototyping Laboratories
Our computer aided design suites have flexible student access and include ProEngineer, Autocad, Ansys, Photoshop and other software and 3D concept modelling hardware.
The product innovation suite has five rapid prototyping systems, including SLA, LOM and FDM, for the creation of models for aesthetic, ergonomic and functional testing, including the assembly and integration of working prototypes.
Computer Network Laboratory
The network consists of 200 PCs running Linux and Windows systems. Routing through the owned subnets of the network is performed by Cisco and Netgear routers and switches. The School runs its own servers that provide network applications needs such as DNS, DHCP, Kerberos and NIS.
The network is a multi-platform transparent network and all computers can be accessed remotely for greater flexibility, and are secured with sophisticated firewalls and VPNs.
Digital Electronics and Microprocessor Laboratory
This laboratory has 45 fully equipped benches including oscilloscopes, network analysers, PCs and other standard electronic equipment for measurement purposes.
There are also hardware and software development tools for design, development and implementation of microcontroller systems.
In addition, there are professional hardware and software programming and testing VHDL environments for CPLD and FPGAs devices.
Digital Signal Processing Laboratory
The School's teaching of Digital Signal Processing (DSP) is supported by both hardware and software laboratory facilities.
MATLAB software, an industry-standard simulation package, is available throughout the Linux and Unix suites. It is used in teaching DSP, both in lectures and laboratory experiments, and is also available for DSP-related student projects.
There are also hardware DSP facilities in the School that are used for laboratory experiments and student projects.
Energy Systems and Petroleum Engineering Laboratory
Our energy systems facilities include internal combustion test engines, a gas turbine, a wind tunnel, student project test rigs and our Formula Student design and development area.
The petroleum engineering laboratory houses industry standard test equipment and reservoir simulation software including OFITE drilling fluid testing, PVT apparatus and CMG, IMP, ECLIPSE and Kappa suites.
Manufacturing Systems Laboratory
Our manufacturing systems facilities include:
- Metrology, CADCAM integration, laser scanning and reverse engineering
- Rapid prototyping, tooling and manufacture, EDM, vacuum forming, joining
- Manufacturing systems, Bosch pneumatics, automation and CNC machines
- Virtual manufacturing; Enterprise Dynamics discrete event simulation, design for manufacture and logistics and Emco off-line programming
Mechanical Behaviour of Materials Laboratory
The MBM laboratory contains equipment for fatigue, fracture mechanics and vibration research for aerospace materials and biomechanics of in vitro and in situ applications.
Unique facilities include a hip simulator for fatigue testing of fixation in hip and knee replacements, and an electromagnetic shaker system.
Our metrology lab is equipped with a range of manual metrology equipment and a suite of Mitutoyo CNC measuring machines, including a contact coordinate measuring machine, CMM, equipped with full Renishaw PH9 system probing and an optical CMM, Mitutoyo form, surface and roundness measurement stations and Digibot and Faro ranging laser scanners linked to software programmes.
Our comprehensive student workshop facilities include work benches and hand and machine cutting and moulding tools for the production of prototypes and working models using a variety of materials.
Students undertake Engineering Technology Appreciation (ETA) assignments and project activities using these facilities.
Our telecommunications facilities include a wide range of instruments for generating, receiving and analysing high-frequency signals.
Signal generators and spectrum analysers cover the communication bands up to 22 GHz, with an emphasis on 3G frequencies.
We also have an anechoic chamber for the measurement of antenna and a range of electronic circuit boards that may be interconnected to form a number of typical communications systems.
Industry standard software
The Petroleum Engineering course at the School of Engineering, University of Portsmouth received a generous donation of a software suite worth more than £1,335,161.50 from Petroleum Experts (Petex), UK.
Integrated Production Modelling (IPM) suite is developed by Petroleum Experts, the specialized petroleum engineering software developer with headquarters in Edinburgh. They are used extensively as a standard prediction tools by more than 350 oil and gas companies worldwide.
The suite comprises six software applications: PROSPER, MBAL, GAP, RESOLVE, REVEAL and PVTP. These applications are capable of modelling the complete production system from the reservoir to the surface network including the complex reservoirs, wells and complete surface systems for the prediction and optimization of the entire production network. Models built using the suite can be used in the optimization of hydrocarbon production from the existing oil and gas fields as well as the design of the production system of new oilfields.