Engineering facilities at Wrexham Glyndŵr University enable students from all engineering disciplines to gain valuable experience and understanding of key engineering principles and technologies from day one of their course. With access to industry-standard equipment and programmes, students can perfect their engineering skills and put themselves at the forefront of the industry's future.
Click on the engineering specialisms below to find out more about some of the facilities available.
Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering
Hurco Vm10u 5-axis machine
5-axis machining involves using a CNC to move a part or cutting tool along five different axes simultaneously. This enables the machining of very complex parts, which is why 5-axis is especially popular for aerospace applications. Final year students use the machine to produce components for their projects eg brackets for the development of an electric bike. Students will also have the opportunity to use the CNC for Computer-Aided Engineering in Level 5 of the degree apprenticeship.
Using compressed air, the supersonic wind tunnel allows the testing of models in an airflow faster than the speed of sound, with a top speed of Mach 1.8, or nearly 1370mph. The tunnel has sensors to detect the areas of pressure down the tunnel caused by the model, and an optical system allows the visualisation of the shock waves during the test, so they can be recorded and measured. The supersonic wind tunnel is used primarily by BEng Aero-Mech students as part of their studies but could be used as a basis for dissertation research for all final year students and postgraduates.
Merlin Flight Simulator
The Engineering Flight Simulator is a single-seat 6 axis full-motion simulator that can be programmed specifically with all the information that makes up an aircraft design, from aerodynamics and propulsion to payload and structure; simulating the performance of the design. This allows the demonstration of existing aircraft types and styles and the design of brand new theoretical air vehicles. It is possible to simulate both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. The data that is generated by the simulator can then be analysed after the flight. The simulator is primarily used by BEng Aero-Mech students as part of their studies but could be used as a basis for dissertation research for all final year students and postgraduates.
Catia Certification Centre
Wrexham Glyndwr University is one of two education providers in the UK that are official Catia Certification centres. This means that students are able to gain Catia Certification in addition to their degree studies.*
*Students will be required to pay a small certification fee
Mechatronics, Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Electro-Pneumatic Training rig
The Electro-Pneumatic Training rig is one of a suite of training equipment covering electro-pneumatic industrial engineering. Using this equipment in conjunction with either manual or digital software, we explore electro-pneumatic designs, industrial applications and fault finding. We are able to mimic industrial circuits in a safe non-intrusive manner using knowledge transfer from the workplace to education and vice-versa.
Renewable and Sustainable Engineering
Solar Thermal Project
The Solar water heater concept equipment was set up in the Wrexham industrial estate where, in 2018, a student project satisfied proof of concept. Now the project is situated on the University campus with the aid of University “learning lab” funding to facilitate further research and development. It is the goal of the project to provide zero-carbon, cheap, plentiful hot water for central heating hand-hot water taps which could be rolled out worldwide and has the potential to provide a significant contribution to reducing carbon emissions.
To find out more about our specialist engineering degrees, visit our course list page.