Acoustics, Audio and Video

The University of Salford has an outstanding set of facilities for students. In 2011, the University moved into a purpose built facility at the heart of MediaCityUK. Our facility is built to the most modern professional specifications and is available for students, researchers and commercial clients. All our production facilities are now based at MediaCityUK except for our multi-track recording studios.

In 2007, we invested £2.5 million in our world class acoustic test facilities on the main campus. They were opened by Dr Andy Bower, BBC Portfolio Manager, Digital TV. The range of studios and laboratories available at Salford is unusually extensive for a UK university; all facilities are available for students, researchers and commercial clients.

These facilities include an anechoic chamber, semi-anechoic chamber, reverberation chamber, transmission chamber, listening room, TV and radio studios, audio and video production and post production suites, a Digital Media Performance lab and a number of specialist laboratories.

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Aeronautical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical lab

This lab is used to understand material behaviour under different loading conditions and contains a tensile test machine and static loading experiments. Typical laboratory sessions would include tensile testing of materials and investigation into the bending and buckling behaviour of beams.

Aerodynamics lab

Contains low speed and supersonic wind tunnels. Typical laboratory experiments would include determining the aerodynamic properties of an aerofoil section and influence of wing sweep on the lift and drag characteristics of a tapered wing section.

Composite material lab

This lab contains wet lay-up and pre-preg facilities for fabrication of composite material test sections. The facility is particularly utilised for final year project work.

Control and dynamics lab

Contains flight simulators and programmable control experiments. Typical laboratory sessions would include studying the effects of damping and short period oscillation analysis, forced vibration due to rotating imbalance, and understanding the design and performance of proportional and integral controllers.

Computing and Computer Networking

Networking and project laboratories

The School has high quality facilities for students. In 2012 the Cisco networking laboratory moved to MediaCityUK; all Cisco-related laboratory classes on the programmes are now delivered at MediaCityUK. There are also opportunities for undertaking a CCNA via CPD.

We also have a second networking laboratory on the main campus and a dedicated Final Year Project laboratory, both of which provide a variety of facilities and equipment for students on Computer Science and Computer Networking degrees.

Specialist computer laboratories

Computer suites are equipped with Macs and PCs configured with the specialist software required for modules such as Database Systems, Web Content Creation, Mobile Networking & Network Simulation, and Internet Security & Computer Forensics.

Petroleum and Gas Engineering

The Petroleum and Gas Division has three well equipped laboratories for teaching and learning of the fundamentals of Petroleum and Gas Engineering. They are also used for postgraduate research and industrial consultancy work

  • Petroleum and gas laboratory
  • Spray research laboratory
  • Computer simulation laboratory

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Robotics and Systems Engineering

Our labs contain many of the technologies found within industry. Students are able to gain experience working with sensors, actuators and a range of control systems. We have a number of industrial robot arms including the ABB Flexpicker, a six jointed Nachi arm and a human scale CRS robot. The labs also contain a number of conveyor belt systems allowing students to gain experience of programming and operating systems they are likely to come across in industry. We also have a number of mobile robot platforms which use both wheels and leg.

Octave Lab

Octave - full technical information

Octave lab is a multi-model research platform, display, and capture space. The system allows researchers to rapidly prototype solutions and research new techniques before deployment in more specialised settings or out in industry. Work to date has concentrated around next generation telepresence but now extends to healthcare and a host new challenges across multiple industries. It boats 20 megapixels of up-to-date immersive display capability, which can be reconfigured on demand, alongside a unique deployment of 260 speakers forming a wavefield synthesis acoustic rendering system. It is designed to be synergistic with with our main acoustics research facilities, the THINKlab in Maxwell Building, and The Egg facility at MediaCityUK with strong dedicated network links between the research clusters.

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