The School of Civil and Mechanical Engineering has a wide range of facilities available for students, staff and researchers.

Mech eng students

Equipment and facilities

The School has acquired laboratory facilities worth over $5 million, such as:

  • Pavement/geotechnology research facilities
  • Water laboratory enhancements
  • Structures, including a heavy-testing-rig with 500t capacity
  • Bio-activated laboratories
  • Earthquake engineering (stress -tubes and canon impact, earthquake engineering and blast impact engineering)


  • Rapid prototyping
  • Computer numerically controlled machines and dynamometer testing
  • Gear hobbing
  • EDM wire cutting
  • Strain gauging and Residual stress
  • Instron 250kn tensile testing
  • Mayes cyclic testing

Materials Testing

  • Avery Torsion testing
  • Scheck Flat torsion testing
  • Impact machines Avery, Zwick
  • Materials testing, full range of cutting, polishing, and mounting machines and microscopes
  • Hardness testing, Vickers, Rockwell and brinell
  • Hansfield and Monsanto Tensile testing machines


  • Surface testing and surface finish machines Mitutoyo and Talysurf
  • Wind Tunnel 30.5 m/s
  • Photron High speed camera
  • Thermo vision A40 thermo heat sensitive cameras
  • SCADA and PLC Festo equipment

Vibration Measurement

  • Vibration and noise analysing equipment
  • Exciters for vibration analysis
  • Laser measurement
  • Ultrasonic gauges, Anemometers Fluids
  • Hydralic bench measurement
  • Laminar turbulent flow apparatus
  • Friction flow in pipes, pipe flow apparatus
  • Hydrokinetics
  • Tilting flume
  • Adjustable bed and channel flow
  • Centrifugal pumps, Parallel Pumps, Piton Turbine, Francis turbine
  • Rota meter calibration unit


  • Small steam turbine
  • Smoke Machines and Flow visualisation
  • SOLTEQ Heat exchangers
  • TQ Heat transfer units TH4, HT10x, HT1, Temperature Measuring machines.
  • TQ Pressure measuring and saturation units TH3
  • Pressure gauge calibration.