Electronics laboratory

Contact: Roger Perrett

The Electronics lab is designed for teaching Engineering undergraduate students, supporting them during their practical experimental projects (BEng and MEng courses).

Workstation equipment

The laboratory features 16 stations, all with the following equipment:

PCs with specialised electronics design software

Each computer is installed with the following software:

  • Multisim (circuit drawing and simulation)
  • Ultiboard (printed circuit board layout design)
  • MATLAB (mathematical modelling)
  • MPLAB IDE (programming pic chip microprocessors)
  • XLINK and Adept (programming FPGA chips
  • Arduino (programming Arduino series of microcontrollers)

Oscilloscopes (Digital and Analogue)

This is an electronic testing instrument that allows you to observe varying signal voltages, enabling you to measure the change of an electrical signal over a period of time.

Function generators

Function generators are instrumental to the development and maintenance of electronic equipment. They generate different types of electrical waveforms over a wide range of frequencies, allowing the user to evaluate the piece of equipment they are testing under different frequencies.

Analogue training kits

These development and training kits allow analogue circuits to be assembled for testing or demonstration of circuit performance. Components, such as resistors, capacitors, inductors, transistors and operational amplifiers are plugged into a large board and connected together.

Digital training kits

These are training kits to examine the digital properties of logic devices. Each kit comprises of a large board with permanently installed digital devices (TTL gates, flip-flops and decoders), push switches and lamp indicators. Students connect these devices and perform tests.

Diglient BAYS kits (FPGA)

This is a digital circuit development platform that allows you to design, modify and build a working digital circuit based on Field Programmable Gate Array technology.

Ardunio UNO kits

These kits are used to teach the fundamentals of coding and electronics. The kits are provided with a range of sensors and actuators for practical instruction in Mechatronics.

Pelton wheel test rig

One of the main 1st year BEng Engineering projects involves the characterisation of motors and generators with the final goal to build a generator powered by water (Pelton wheel). These test rigs are used in the development of rotational speed sensors and electronic speed control circuitry.

Component breadboards

Breadboards are pivotal pieces of equipment used to build circuit prototypes as this requires no soldering.

The lab also has a number of other instruments specific to undergraduate student final year individual or group projects, ranging from power supplies up to 10 amps, function and pulse generators, counters, phase shifters and electrometers.