Facilities

Mechanical engineers are in demand across a vast range of industries, and our course will give you the broad range of modern engineering skills that are in demand by cutting-edge industries.

Our research active staff and purpose-built laboratories will provide you with the learning support and research-informed teaching to develop a firm grounding in engineering.

Our links with industry and commerce – some of which is on site – may provide you with an opportunity for practical work experience. Another aspect of our course is flexibility, as you can delay your final decision about which engineering discipline you want to specialise in until your second year of study.

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and specialist laboratory work at the University’s state-of-the-art facilities at Thornton Science Park. Thornton is a specifically designed 66-acre venue for undergraduate and postgraduate engineers and industrial and commercial business partners.

For a tour of the Department of Mechanical Engineering facilities and the Thornton Science Park please contact Dr. Paul Folan, Programme Leader for Mechanical Engineering (p.folan@chester.ac.uk). Alternatively, please take a look at our Open Days.

Mechanical Workshops

Our Mechanical Workshops were refurbished in 2014 and are home to our XYZ manual milling machines and lathes. Our Mechanical Workshops are also home to our XYZ CNC machines, hot processing facility (e.g. welding and casting) and the reverse engineering suite which holds our 3-D printers and 3-D scanner.

Materials Preparation Laboratory

Our Materials Preparation Laboratory enables students to prepare samples ready for testing and characterisation. This includes equipment for cutting, sectioning, mounting (hot and cold), shot blasting, polishing, chemical etching and high temperature sample preparation.


Materials Testing Laboratory

The Materials Testing Laboratory was fully kitted out with new equipment in 2014 and enables students to carry out experiments such as tensile testing, compression testing, three point bend testing, peel testing and hardness testing.

Physical Science and Engineering Laboratory

The Physical Science and Engineering Laboratory is the designated home for students to undertake their laboratories for first and second year statics, mechanics and dynamics. As a result, students, as part of their degree course, will undertake experiments such as flywheel technology, beam reactions, pulleys and lifting devices, buckling, beam deflections, principle of moments and centre of gravity.

Fundamental, Applied and Industrial Laser Engineering Laboratories

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is also home to the Laser Engineering and Manufacturing Research Centre (LEMRC) which operates a range of laser types for materials processing. Students in their 3rd year and 4th year will have the opportunity to learn how to use this equipment, in addition to gaining an invaluable insight in to how this equipment is used to enrich industrial research and development.

Computer and Library Facilities

The Thornton Science Park campus is home to the Faculty of Science and Engineering. As a result of this, there are a number of specialist computer facilities which students will use to undertake computational mathematics and computer aided design.

Leisure/Dining Facilities at the Thornton Science Park

In addition to work you will also have some downtime at the Thornton Science Park. As a result of this students are able to join the Thornton Science Park Gym or use the all-weather football pitch. The Thornton Science Park also has a café, a dining restaurant and a gaming zone were students can take the opportunity to make use of one of the Xbox One or Playstation 4 consoles.

  

  

What do our students have to say?

Benjamin Mcilhagga - “The facilities and laboratory equipment at the Thornton Science Park are brand new and are excellent for supporting our teaching and learning”

Cieran Atkinson - “The Thornton Science Park library is specialised for STEM which enables access to excellent resources for out of lecture study”