Labs & Facilities

HOUGEN DESIGN STUDIO Room 2-116-MC
The Hougen Design Studio and adjacent Hougen Model Shop have been provided by the generous gifts of the Hougen Family Foundation.  The Hougen family believes in entrepreneurship and practical learning experiences both in the design and manufacturing areas.  Intro. to Mechanical Systems Design (MECH-311) is a core course for all ME majors which takes each student through both the typical design process and the patent process in two team oriented, fun, challenging projects.  The second project culminates in a design competition.

Wind TunnelENERGY SYSTEMS LABORATORY Room 2-126-MC
ME students learn to apply fundamental principles of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer in an integrated manner to a variety of energy systems such as gasoline engines, jet engines, fuel cells, heat exchangers, refrigerators, air-conditioning systems, pumps, fans, piping systems, wings, heated cylinders and converging-diverging nozzles.  The Energy Systems Lab's wind tunnel is pictured here.

GM E-DESIGN/E-MANUFACTURING STUDIO Room 2-130-MC
The Kettering University e-Design & e-Manufacturing Studio enables students and faculty in global product design and manufacturing.  The studio represents a unified approach to extended engineering educational collaboration.  Students from many locations around both the nation and the world can work together in concert on extended senior, graduate and research projects. Using globally enabled software from the PACE Educational Consortium, this studio enables students to marshal the skills, expertise, knowledge, and experience of an entire extended educational enterprise and apply them to each stage in product and manufacturing development to achieve competitive excellence.

BIO & RENEWABLE ENERGY LABORATORY Room 2-138-MC
This laboratory course provides an opportunity for the students to perform hands-on experiments in the area of sustainable energy.  Topics covered include but are not limited to PEM and solid oxide fuel cells, energy storage in batteries and ultra-capacitors, heat of combustion and calorimetry, solar-thermal energy and photovoltaics, wind energy, ethanol production from corn and sugar, bio-diesel extraction from algae, Stirling engines and bio-gas production and utilization. 

LOEFFLER FRESHMAN CAD LABORATORY Room 2-146-MC
Students create their first group project by reverse engineering a common household appliance, automotive part, or toy. Students learn 3D modeling with NX (software by Unigraphics) a CAD/CAM/CAE software. As upperclassmen they will use NX for more complex designs. NX allows the student to design, analyze (static, dynamic, electro-magnetic or thermal using Finite Element Method), and later manufacturing finishing designs by using included machining modules.

COMBUSTION SIMULATION RESEARCH LABORATORY Room 2-246-MC
The primary focus of the Combustion Simulation Research Laboratory is to allow students and faculty, to combine their efforts in the development and use of computational tools, in the design and analysis of combustion systems.

DENSO LABORATORY Room 2-240-MC
The primary focus of the DENSO International Dynamic Systems Design Studio is to allow students to combine their efforts in the development and use of computational tools, in the design and analysis of multidisciplinary dynamic engineering systems.

SIGNAL ANALYSIS LABORATORY Room 2-234-MC
Learn how sensors and circuits work and how they are used to measure data and control everyday applications. Students are exposed to state-of-the-art data acquisition hardware and software, and are challenged weekly to apply new knowledge.

Crash Safety LabCRASH SAFETY CENTER Room 1-207-MC
The Crash Safety Center is utilized in undergraduate and graduate courses for hands-on discovery in engineering and physics.  In fact, we are the only university in the nation that brings hands-on crash safety into the undergraduate classroom.  The Center also works with government and industry in crash test research including the development of child seats, seatbelts, airbags and other interior components.  Make sure to stop by and visit with our family of crash test dummies!on, and research facility of vehicle occupant protection systems.  

FUEL CELL LAB A (PEM Fuel Cell Research) Room 1-103-MC
The laboratory houses three six test stations ranging from single cell test station to a 5 kW test station. The lab has been used for the U.S. Fuel Cell Council’s (USFCC) round robin test and validation of Codes and Standards for the uniform testing of low temperature PEM single cells. It is one of the leading labs in the nation for testing and validation of high temperature PEMS. Low temperature PEM fuel cells operate at a temperature ranging up to 80o C with the advantage of quick start ability at ambient conditions, quiet operation and clean exhaust if pure hydrogen is used as fuel. The high temperature PEM operates around 170-200o C. It is more tolerant to fuel impurities and does not require humidification of the membrane

FUEL CELL LAB B (SOFC Research) Room 1-10-MC
The Advanced Measurements Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) station is capable of testing complete fuel cell stacks from 5kW to individual cells of a few watts. SOFC stacks can use various fuels such as methane, natural gas, carbon monoxide or hydrogen. The operational temperature is approximately 1000oC and features automatically controlled gas flows and multiple mass flow meters for exceptional flow range and precision. The system can also mix five (5) gasses at the anode to simulate reforming of carbon based fuels.

FUEL CELL PROJECT LABORATORY Room 1-115-MC
Projects completed this lab include vehicles that have been converted to fuel cell power from standard gasoline/diesel and hybrid electric vehicle.  This lab also houses the hydrogen generator and Kettering’s GEM  fuel cell vehicle.

ADVANCED ENGINE TEST CELL Room 1-123-MC
The Advanced Engine Test Cell Lab houses an automotive engine test cell, instrumentation and control equipment designed in collaboration with Lubrizol.

SAE GarageSOCIETY OF AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERS DESIGN CENTER  Room 1-225-MC
Companies prize this experience. Your classes give you the theory of engineering. This is where you learn the practice of engineering. We give our students broad latitude to design, build and compete with the vehicles they build. One of the really neat things about SAE competition is that at the competition you get to meet other enthusiasts to share experiences and knowledge.

VEHICLE INTEGRATION AND DURABILITY LAB A.K.A. SHAKER LAB  Room 1-231
The Integration and Durability Lab main area houses the Vehicle Durability Equipments. These equipments are built by MTS and hydraulically operated. The equipments can be used to test the durability and fatigue life of different automotive components and subsystems in addition to any other mechanical and civil structures. At full capacity the test equipment can perform full passenger vehicle durability simulation under any desired road conditions. In addition to teaching students about different aspects of vehicle integration, fatigue, and durability the equipment is usable for commercial research and development applications.