The Department of Electrical and Communications Engineering offers extensive laboratories to support its programmes with equipment, instrumentation, and test facilities directly related to each field of specialization. These facilities provide the practical experience needed by today's technical graduates. The application of computers for analysis, data acquisition, data reduction, report writing, and technical presentations is also emphasized throughout the programmes. Select a lab below to find out more detail about available equipment and usage.
- Electrical and Electronics Fundamentals Laboratory – Building A – Room 011
This laboratory provides opportunities in basic circuit design and analysis and advanced study in feedback, oscillators, filters, and amplifier topologies. They also offer the student the capability to design, build, and test integrated differential and discrete operational amplifiers. These labs are used in ELEC01C (Electrical Circuits), ELEC02C (Electronics I), and ELEC02I (Electronics II) courses. It is also used for the required laboratory work of ELEC19C (Foundations of Electrical Engineering) and ELEC03I (Electronics and Electrical Power Engineering)) taken by non-electrical engineering majors.
- computer graphics Laboratory – Building A – Room 121
These labs are used in ELEC29H Embedded Systems , ELEC17C Introduction to Data Structures and Algorithm Design
- Measurements and Instrumentation Laboratory – Building A –Room 123
This laboratory is equipped with various transducers and instrumentation trainers; resistive, capacitive and inductive measurement systems; LVDTs and strain gauges; thermocouples and RTDs; light sources and transducers; and digital thermometers. The lab also contains many basic electrical variables and time measurement equipment, such as frequency counters, function generators, digital multimeters and oscilloscopes. It is primarily used for Module ELEC11H (Selected topics in Measurement and Instrumentation)
- Virtual Laboratory – Building A –Room 229
The EE Department has participated in the EU funded Tempus project entitled, "e-Laboratories for Physics and Engineering Education", Project ID# 517102-TEMPUS-1-2011-1-SE-TEMPUS-JPCR, which has started on October 2011 and is about to be finalized on January 2015.
The objective is to establish an internet-based laboratory experiments for different engineering disciplines as well as for physics education for preparatory year students in engineering faculties. This has been achieved through the development of two types of experiments; simulation-based and real-time hardware experiments. Both types of experiments are accessible to students through the project web page.
The simulation-based experiments use simulation data based on equations or simulation results that are carried out at the student's side (computer). The student's interface usually includes different boxes for input data, control knobs for smooth variation of some parameters, and a graph region to display output results. Students are able to control the experiment's performance and corresponding output results through variation of different input parameters. This type includes the following experiments; Amplitude Modulation (AM), Pulse Code Modulation (PCM), and Digital Modulation Techniques. It serves the modules ELEC12I (Communications), ELEC15I ELEC15I Principles of Digital Commnuications I and ELEC15H Principles of Digital Communications II.
The other type of developed experiments is the real-time hardware experiments which use physically built hardware device connected to control unit that has been developed specifically to achieve the required outcomes from the experiment. In addition, a webcam is fixed to visualize the experiment's behavior and give the student access to view and record values from meters attached to the device. This type includes the following experiments; Faraday's Law of Induction, Solenoids and Ampere's Law, Oscillating Magnet Energy Harvester, and Eddy Current Magnetic Brake System. It is used by the modules SCIB04P (Electricity & Magnetism) and SCIB04C (Modern Physics)
- Communications Laboratory – Building A –Room 230
The purpose of this lab is to provide a facility for studying analog and digital communications systems. The lab contains high-end equipment to design, build, and test communications components and systems. It comprises 20 PC's running Windows 7. All have access to the internet and to the Microsoft Office suite. Available software includes MATLAB and Simulink. It is used for the course ELEC12I Communications, ELEC15I Principles of Digital Commnuications I and ELEC15H Principles of Digital Communications II.
- Control Systems Laboratory – Building A –Room 234
The lab provides experience with logic control systems as they apply to motors, pneumatics, hydraulics, and processes utilizing control relays, switches, programmable logic controllers, actuators, regulators, valves, and flow controls. Students learn the logical sequence of controls and understand different applications by testing different systems.
- Digital Simulation Laboratory – Building H –Room 101
This laboratory provides facilities model and simulate signals and systems and to realize signal processing algorithms in software. This lab supports the Signals and Systems and Modeling modules. It comprises 30 PCs. All have access to the internet and to the Microsoft Office suite. Available software includes MATLAB and Simulink.
- Optical Systems Laboratory – Building H –Room 107
This lab contains equipments for the generation of optical signals and their transmission through free space and fiber optic cables. The equipment provides cadets with hands-on demonstrations of the fundamentals of geometrical optics, lasers, LEDs, photodetectors, holography, and fiber optic communication systems. This lab is primarily used by the ELEC22H (Optical Systems) module the optional module (ELEC26H) Optoelectronics and students working on design and research projects.
- Microwave and Antennas Laboratory – Building H –Room 108
This laboratory was created in 2007 and is still in the developmental stages. Its purpose is to provide a facility for studying electromagnetic phenomena with emphasis on antenna design and characteristics. These topics are covered as part of ELEC06C (Electromagnetics), ELEC18H (Microwave Circuits and Systems) and ELEC19H (Antennas and Propagation. In addition to supporting these three courses, the laboratory also provides equipment for three to five senior project students to build and characterize analog, RF and microwave-oriented design projects.
The department has a wireless network through which students can access BUE's wireless network facilities.