Labs and Facilities
EME students have access to excellent experimental and computational laboratories, including state-of-the-art analytical facilities at the EMS Energy Institute and the Materials Research Institute. Our teaching and research facilities are listed below:
Particle Process Laboratories
The particle preparation laboratories are primarily used for mineral processing and environmental systems engineering experiments and research. The laboratories are equipped with characterization equipment used for determining physical, surface, and colloid properties of powders and research, and equipment used for crushing and grinding size separations, density-based separations, magnetic and electrical separation flotation separations, and solid-liquid separations.
Mining Engineering Laboratories
Surface mining educates students in computer-aided surface mine design, calculation and selection of appropriate surface mining systems. The professional surface mining software includes SURPAC (geological modeling and mine design), TALPAC (loader - trucks simulation), DragSim (dragline simulation), and XPAC (mine planning and scheduling). Students also have access to a rock mechanics laboratory and ventilation laboratory.
Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Laboratories
The Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering facilities include production, rock, and fluid properties cement laboratories and a drilling rig simulator. We also have several research laboratories that include multi-phase fluid flow systems, a medical x-ray computerized tomography system, and a high resolution industrial CT scanner.
Hydrology Laboratory and Fluids Laboratory
The hydrology laboratory is used for research on permeability testing of rock and soil samples and strength testing of granular materials. The fluids laboratory is used for fluid flow and flame demonstration experiments.
Fuel Cell and Electrochemical Laboratory
This laboratory is used primarily for demonstrating fuel cell and hydrogen technology. Using three electrochemical systems, students can study Faraday's laws of electrolysis, learn the Nernst equation in detail, and produce electrical energy.
Industrial Health and Safety Laboratories
This laboratory is predominantly used for research and teaching that is related to developing instrumentation for evaluating the effectiveness of respiratory protection, and development of surface acoustic wave (SAW) sensor systems for measuring organic vapors in breath and air. Equipment includes gas chromatographs, a digital fluorometer, respirator fit-testing equipment, a test atmosphere generation system and chamber, and electronic test equipment.
We have computer facilities that include a PC-based laboratory available to students on a 24-hour basis.