Our facilities

Computer facilities to run the following engineering software:
  • FEA – Finite Element Analysis – ANSYS
    • Linear and non-linear structural analysis: predict behaviour of structural components for a wide range of materials and loadings (e.g. pressure vessels, biomechanics, modal analysis / vibration response etc.)
    • Thermal and thermo-mechanical analysis: predict the thermal and structural response of components or thermally driven processes (e.g. welding, laser cutting/forming etc.)
  • CFD – Computational Fluid Dynamics Fluent - FLUENT / ANSYS
    • Advanced aerodynamic and hydrodynamic analysis of components (e.g. wind turbine blades, offshore wind turbine support structures etc.)
  • Naval Architecture Simulation - Bentley Academic SELECT:
    • to design, model, optimise and characterise hull forms
    • to perform stability (intact/ damage) and strength calculations, analyse sea-keeping performance, resistance and powering prediction, sailing performance analysis for yachts
    • to perform 3D modelling using linear, non-linear and buckling analysis, static and dynamic structural analysis on the ship hull and structure
    • Maxsurf Enterprise
    • Multiframe Advanced
    • SACS Marine Enterprise
    • SACS Offshore Structure Enterprise
    • MOSES Advanced
  • MATLAB/Simulink
  • CAD – Computer Aided Design
    • SOLIDWORKS
    • Microstation
  • WindPRO (EMD)
  • WAVE/VALDYN (Ricardo)
  • FloTHERM
  • ESATAN-TMS: ITP Engines UK is kindly sponsoring the Department of Mechanical
  • Engineering of the University of Malta with the software licence for the
    analysis and simulation software ESATAN-TMS for their undergraduate degree program
The computer aided engineering laboratory was co-funded by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund under the Cohesion Policy Programme 2007-2013
  • Wind tunnel testing, flow measurements using hot-wire anemometry, wind turbine performance and load evaluation
    • Low wind speed wind tunnel 38 x 38 cm
    • Low wind speed wind tunnel 900 mm diameter
  • Wave tank testing
    • Wave making generator 8 m long and 750 mm wide and 1 m deep
  • Multi-channel hot wire anemometry
  • Fluid mechanics data acquisition systems
  • Wind turbine siting
  • Strain gauge based experiments:
    • Strain gauging and monitoring of structural components
    • Tensile, compression and impact testing
    • PhotoStress® Plus analysis kit from Vishay Precision Group – Micro-Measurements for experimental stress analysis
  • Vibration and Acoustic Monitoring:
    • Vibration monitoring
    • Human and hand vibration exposure measurements
    • Machine diagnostics using vibration analysis tools
    • Sounds / Noise level monitoring
    • Run-up and run-down vibration testing of rotating machinery
    • Dynamic balancing of machines / rotary systems
    • Monitoring of ground borne vibrations
  • Order analysis
  • Modal analysis
  • Laboratory experiments for thermodynamics and heat transfer
  • Testing of internal combustion engines
  • One electrical dynamometer, two water brakes and other smaller dynos
  • Demonstration type gas turbine
  • Testing of air conditioning setups, including variable speed (inverter)
  • Heat transfer in pipe facility
  • Supersonic nozzle setup
  • Labview and Keithley data acquisition systems
  • Mitsubishi RV-6SL 6-DOF revolute robot, 91cm reach, 6kg payload, with controller upgrade, tracking card, and adjustable gripper, or vacuum gripper. Mounted on a highly reconfigurable table.
  • Epson E2S651S 4-DOF SCARA robot, 65cm reach, 5kg payload
  • Machine vision systems: Two National Instruments ISC-1782 smart cameras, and two Cognex/DVT smart image sensors
  • Machine vision lighting (ring light, strobe)
  • Pair of Virtual Motion Labs VMG30 data gloves
  • Two flat belt conveyors (one with variable speed)
  • Other sundry equipment, components and tools
  • Various robot hands and glove devices, built in house
  • Tele-operated mobile domestic robot, built in house

https://www.um.edu.mt/eng/mec/facilities