OUR LABORATORIES

Our laboratories are in the Mario Laserna building. We have a total of 14 spaces intended for academic, research and services to the industrial and external sector. We invite you to know a little more about our facilities. 

colivri-2This laboratory brings together researchers related to the topics of Immersive Visualization, Virtual Reality, Human Machine Interfaces, Image Processing, Robotics, and Control.

Professors and students of all levels (doctorate, master’s and undergraduate) in Mechanical Engineering, Systems and Computer Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Design and Art, collaborate around high technology projects with applications in Medicine, Design, Entertainment, Training and Telecollaboration. 

This collaboration is in an environment specially designed for experimentation in these disciplines. It has 250 square meters, a height of 8 meters and a set of the latest generation equipment in connectivity, computing, visualization, robotics and interaction. It is the first installation of its kind in Colombia, internationally competitive.

dinamica-vehiThe objective of this laboratory is fundamental: to study the mechanics of different systems that compose an urban land vehicle. Research has focused on suspension, braking, fuel efficiency and the effect of varying heights above sea level.
materiales-compThe laboratory objective is to research in the development of new composite materials to reduce the effect of ballistic impacts. The research seeks to develop body protection and dynamic devices.
manufactura-2In the Manufacturing Services Laboratory, you will have the possibility to manufacture final pieces or pieces that will be used for more complex processes. The processes include cutting, conventional lathe, conventional milling, grinding, tool sharpening, welding, rapid prototyping, drills, bank tool lending. There are also tap and die tools, calipers, micrometers, thread gauges, universal squares, feeler gauges, a machining center, and a CNC lathe that allow to manufacture parts with greater precision. 

bernoulli

Fluid Dynamics laboratory has been conceived to illustrate physical principles that make movement and fluid transport a research field in Engineering, and specially in Mechanical Engineering. This space is developed to bring students closer to different phenomena and principles of Fluid Mechanics (hydraulic and aerodynamic), which are presented when a specific fluid is transported, measured and controlled.

Research addresses key issues as well as special studies for industry, integrating latest Computer –aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) tools, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) with designs and prototypes developed in the laboratory.

 

polimeros

This laboratory will allow you to reproduce to a smaller scale actual processes that are represented in the plastic transformation industry. Its academic objective is the pedagogy of traditional processes in industry, where final products such as, bags, glasses, etc. are manufactured. To achieve this purpose, the laboratory has a series of equipment such as extruders, calender machines, thermoformers, blowing machine, injection and molding machine.

 

In this laboratory, you will be able to perform tests that require controlled environmental conditions. Some of those are tests for determination of physical and mechanical properties in plastics, elastomers and metals.

conversion

Our laboratory for teaching and research in the field of thermal sciences (Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer and Combustion) allows us to bring students closer, through experimentation, to diverse phenomena and thermal processes applied to the use of conversion systems applied to the use of energy conversion systems and the development of energy innovation projects, integrating new technologies, and, in turn, concepts related to the efficient use of energy while minimizing its environmental impact.

caraterizacion-poliThis laboratory has the necessary equipment for preparation and attack of metal samples and ceramics, for its later micro structural analysis.

metalografiaThe focus of this laboratory is to research and develop in the field of plasma technologies, powder metallurgy and engineering applications of ceramic materials.

polvosceramicos-metalicosEste laboratorio tiene como finalidad, la investigación y el desarrollo en el campo de las tecnologías del plasma, la metalurgia de polvos y aplicaciones de ingeniería de los materiales cerámicos.

 

PDFConsulte el reglamento de seguridad del laboratorio de Polvos Metálicos y Cerámicos ML-209.

gieThis laboratory has a photoelasticity system that allows to measure stresses and deformations in transparent, isotropic and continuous materials. The system enables one to visualize in the piece a color contour that allows for the observation of the intensity of stresses present, similar to the color contours obtained when performing a finite element analysis. The laboratory has a portable ultrasonic defect detection system, which is used to conduct studies, and to evaluate structural integrity of welds, pipes and ensembles in general.

difraccion

This laboratory has a Rigaku X-ray diffractometer, Ultima III model, which can be configured to work as a powder Difractometer in Bragg-Brentano and Parallel-beam  geometries and it is used in the characterization and identification of crystalline phases. 

Beyond this, it has a series of accessories that allow the use of advanced techniques like the analysis of crystallographic textures, thin films by gracing incidence diffraction (GID), Small and Wide-X-ray scattering / (SAXS / WAXS), a device for analysis of small samples, and a heating chamber which operates with vacuum, helium or air atmosphere, capable of reaching a temperature of up to 1300˚ C.

This laboratory also has two Rigaku ZSX PRIMUS I wavelength dispersive X-ray Fluorescence (WDXRF) spectrometers, which allows qualitative, semi-quantitative and quantitative elemental chemical composition analysis, in metallic, ceramic, polymeric samples and liquids. The other one is a Spark Optical Emission Spectrometer (OES) model THERMO ARL Quantodesk, which allows quantitative elemental chemical composition analysis in ferrous alloys, aluminum alloys, bronzes and brasses.

 

X-ray Diffraction Laboratory and Spectroscopy, provides services for the entire academic, research and productive Community within and outside the University of Los Andes.

micrsocopia

In this laboratory, you will find instruments for the microscopic and macroscopic evaluation of the structure of materials. Also, there are different durometer scales: Micro (Vickers and Knoop) and Macro (Rockwell and Brinell).