The OpenEngineering Laboratory (OEL) offers practical Laboratory-based teaching at a distance covering, electronics, signal-processing, control, materials and mechanical engineering. The OEL allows our Engineering students to remotely connect in real-time to instrumentation, data, and equipment for real and authentic experimentation and investigation. There are currently 31 experiments, serving over 6000 students, presented from the laboratory. Students can access the OEL from wherever they have an internet connection and at a time of their choosing.
Key features include:
Investigate the dynamic behaviour of a driven pendulum to observe the relationship between its frequency, amplitude and phase
Monitor the electrical resistance of a copper wire through heating and cooling cycles to understand the effect of joule heating on the efficiency of power transmission.
Explore aspects of fluid flow using a remote access wind tunnel. Three different experiments explore flow around a cylinder, drag and characterisation of a wing section
the OpenEngineering Lab is a fantastic way to add the additional dimension of 'hand-on' to the module. With distance learning it is notoriously difficult to supply students with hardware kits – the OEL is a great solution. I have found the experiments illuminating and interesting – they have added to my understanding of the excellent course material. It also offers a safe environment. It has allowed me to continue with the module even though I am on holiday in Barbados – truly offering a global reach. Great stuff!”
It is refreshing and exciting to be able to undertake a laboratory based experiment. It has really helped to put what I have been reading about into a practical exercise.
Mechanical engineering student
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