The School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering has a wide range of state-of-the-art facilities to support its teaching and research activities. These include a high voltage machines laboratory, a Terahertz / laser laboratory, an anechoic chamber and in-house manufacturing equipment.
These facilities ensure our staff and students are provided with the resources and infrastructure they need to learn and create new knowledge.
- LaboratoriesOur Laboratories allow Academics, Postgraduates and Undergraduates to further their learning and research in a range of very specific disciplines.
An Undergraduate Laboratory
Undergraduate students have access to several laboratories where they perform experiments to demonstrate principles of electronics. They host a range of modern test equipment including oscilloscopes, power supplies, signal generators and multimeters, as well as PCs with digital oscilloscope and data analysis software.
We also have a dedicated laboratory where Final Year students spend many months developing their final year practical project. The final year project is an integral part of the last year of the course, and enables the students to draw on all the previous years of learning to construct a working project. Projects are often closely linked to current research undertaken by academic staff working in the School, providing the students with the best assistance available for their project, and familiarity with how the technologies are used in industry.
Inside the Anechoic Chamber
In order to take accurate RF measurements, the School has a purpose-built anechoic chamber. Anechoic chambers are enclosed areas designed to completely absorb sound and radio waves, thereby allowing researchers to test different radio-frequency device characteristics with no interference from reflected radio waves. The chamber's effeciency is such that a mobile phone with full signal strength outside the chamber will lose all signal when enclosed within the chamber.
The South Australia Node of the National Networked TeleTest Facility for Integrated Systems (NNTTF) provides remote access to the Agilent 93000SOC VLSI test facility for university researchers and industry partners. Other facilities include the state of the art EDA software for chip design, a probing station, and the Altera FPGA development system.
The Power Research Laboratory provides facilities for research in areas such as electrical machines, power electronics and power systems.
The laboratory is well equipped with flexible dynamometer facilities and precision voltage, current and power measurement devices and is used by staff, and undergraduate and postgraduate research students.
A laser operating within the T-ray Laboratory
Terahertz radiation, or 'T-Rays', are electromagnetic waves oscillating at frequencies between 100GHz and 10THz. Their ability to penetrate materials such as paper, clothing, wood and ceramics, but not through metal or water, means they have enormous scope for defence, security and biomedical applications.
The School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering houses Australia's only multi-user T-Ray research laboratory with bio-sensing facilities. This facility attracts researchers from around the world to further their research in this emerging field and is heavily used by the School's postgraduate students.
The Postgraduate Radio Frequency Laboratory provides facilities for research in areas such as propagation, antennas and RF electronics. Current projects include the development of a high frequency channel probe, a passive radar and work on propagation in fire.
The laboratory is equipped for measurements up to a frequency of 3GHz and is used by staff and postgraduate research students.
Inside the Rotating Machines Laboratory
In this lab, undergraduate students perform experiments to demonstrate the basic principles of rotating machines and power generation. It is also used by postgraduate students for machines systems research.
The laboratory consists of large three-phase motors, each of which is connected to a PC allowing it to be controlled and monitored electronically. This gives students experience with the hands-on of heavy machinery as well as the systems and process control interfaces with which such motors are controlled in industry.
The VLSI Laboratory provide facilities for PhD postgraduate research students to undertake research in the areas of multiple antennas communications and VLSI chip design, verification and testing. Facilities accessible from the laboratory include Synopsys and Cadence EDA tools for designing of microelectronic circuits and hardware verification of complex system-on-a-chip.
- Computing ServicesThe specialist computing services provided in the School are a crucial backbone to its intensive teaching and research programs enabling academics to deliver high value research and teaching outcomes.
The Norman Blockley Computing Suite (EM211)
Our computing facilities provide an environment that is modern and stable, yet flexible enough to easily adapt to the very unique and often complex setups required by Engineering students and researchers. IT support in the School is provided by a small team of specialist IT support staff whose expert knoweldge of software and systems used by the School delivers a high level of service that is conistantly rated very highly in user surveys.
All full time staff and postgraduate students in the School receive a networked workstation on their desk running Windows 7 or Linux, depending on the user's need. There are also a number of general access PCs available for use in the Norman Blockley Computer laboratory (EM211) for fourth year undergraduate students, and for School staff and postgraduates should they need to make use of them. In addition there is a pool of PCs available for fourth year student projects should the nature of the project be so specific that the machines in the computer suite are unsuitable. Staff and students can also access a number of Linux servers as well as our internal cloud based Accessible Engineering Research Support System, providing flexible access engineering applications and compute resources.
Computing information for current students such as IT support can be found under Current Students.
- Technical Support ServicesThe School is equipped with an extensive range of specialised manufacturing and technical facilities to support the diversity of teaching and research.
A specialist working in the Electro-Technical Services Laboratory
The Electro-Technical Services Laboratory is a small, multifunctional facility, providing day to day technical support to undergraduate and post-graduate laboratories. With its extensive range of lathes, mills, saws and a host of other apparatus, specialists provide design and manufacturing assistance to staff and students, with particular emphasis on final year project students.
They are also involved in the hardware development of many cutting-edge, research-based projects. A wide range of diverse skills enables cross discipline versatility. Undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in the technical aspects of their projects and are tutored by specialists in the safe and appropriate use of the facility and its resources.
Areas of expertise include:
- Composites and polymers / mechanical design
- RF /electronics
- Mechanical design & machining
The computer-controlled PCB milling machine
The work undertaken by both undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as research staff, often results in new electronic designs. To facilitate the production of circuit boards for these designs, a computer controlled mill is operated onsite, allowing high printed circuit boards to be produced in very short time frames. A traditional etching process removes all the copper from a copper-clad board apart from that required for the circuit itself and takes some time; the milling process removes just enough copper to separate the elements of the circuit such as tracks and pads, making the process quick and efficient.
The quality of these boards is such that they are often used for the final version of a design, though the low cost of operation means they can also be used for developing prototypes. This ensures potential flaws or design changes can be identified and eliminated prior to a more expensive acid-etched production run.
Student projects and research work draw heavily on electronic components, and the Store stocks an extensive range of common items such as resistors, capacitors and semiconductors which are available for 4th year student and staff use.
- Teaching FacilitiesThe School has access to a wide range of modern lecture theatres, tutorial rooms and study rooms
Lecture theatres are all of a high standard with modern fit-out including state-of-the-art audio-visual technology. We also utilise seminar rooms where School members and the public are invited to hear the latest developments in the disciplines of our research. Undergraduate students also have access to quiet study facilities.
Students in the Faculty have access to the Computer Aided Teaching Suite (CATS). In addition to this, our School offers our students a dedicated computing suite to ensure our students always have access to a PC when required. These computers are loaded with specific pieces of software necessary for the work undertaken by students in our School.