The Automotive laboratory at University of Moratuwa was initially developed focusing on the delivery of practical applications of the taught subjects related to Automotive Engineering. With the local demand for economical and sustainable transportation increasing, the initiatives are been taken in adding improvements to the laboratory to produce engineers well equipped to face the challenges in the current automotive industry.
At present the laboratory is adopting to sustain the emerging needs in the local industry with more research and testing equipment to be purchased. The intended plan to buy a 150kW chassis dynamometer for engine performance testing is one major step in supporting not only the industrial partners but also students with potential research themes related to automotive engineering.
Mechanical Engineering Students are currently involved in projects to develop lab demonstration panels using real automotive components with the assistance of workshops. This approach gives a win-win situation to both the students and the laboratory itself where the students obtain a first hand experience on manufacturing processes while gaining an understanding of how engineering concepts are being applied to particular automotive systems, while the laboratory benefits from having quality demonstration panels for prospective students.
Most recently made systems include,
- Disc and drum brake system
- Engine ignition system demonstration panel
- Liquid cooled radiator demonstration panel
Systems to be developed,
- Electronic fuel injection system and common rail system
- Streamlined concept vehicle prototypes with better traction and reduced drag
- Anti-lock braking system demonstration panel