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Building Services / Environmental Science Laboratory

This facility offers the opportunity to assess comfort conditions in buildings and to understand the engineering principles behind the equipment that controls those conditions

Students performing an experiment on an air conditioning rig

This laboratory offers a range of types of equipment used for assessing comfort conditions for occupants of various types of building usage. Results can then be compared to the recommended values given in the relevant Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers (CIBSE) guides. Conditions measured includes the following:

  • Air Quality (CO / CO2)
  • Lighting (Lux) levels
  • Noise levels
  • Thermal Comfort (Includes; Air Temperature, Air Velocity, Humidity, Thermal Radiation)

In addition the laboratory features equipment designed to facilitate the study of various engineering principles involved in the design of building services, including fluid dynamics, heat exchange, the refrigeration cycle, air flow dynamics and air conditioning.

Students assessing building comfort conditions

Students performing a hydraulics experiment

Students assessing building comfort conditions

Key equipment available

  • Air conditioning laboratory unit – Hilton A660
  • Cross flow heat exchanger – Hilton H351
  • Vapour jet refrigeration/heat pump – Hilton R852
  • Refrigeration cycle demonstration unit – Hilton R633
  • Airflow demonstration kit - Airflow Development
  • Hydraulics bench – Armfield Technology including:
  • Losses in bends
  • Bernoulli
  • Osborne Reynolds demonstration
  • Centrifugal pump characteristics
  • Cavitation demonstration
  • Indoor climate analyser - B & K type 1213
  • Real-time frequency analyzer - B & K type 2123
  • Sound source - B & K type 4224
  • Portable gas detector - Tocsin 310
  • Thermal imaging cameras - FLIR B250
  • Various hand held comfort condition meters including:
  • Sound level meters – various including CEM (DT)SL-805
  • Lux meter (lighting levels) – various including CEM (DT)LX.1308 / ISO-Tech ILM350 / Testo 545
  • Digital light meters - Megatron
  • Colour temperature meters - Megatron

Contact Staff

James Hewell | Senior Technician
+44 (0)1772 89 3213 | Harris Building HB129
JHewell@uclan.ac.uk

Eric Parr | Academic
+44 (0)1772 89 3205 | Kirkham Building KM122
eparr1@uclan.ac.uk

LIS Customer Support Team LISCustomerSupport@uclan.ac.uk
+44 (0)1772 89 5355

Key Equipment continued

  • Thermo-anemometers - Kane-May KM4003/4
  • Hot wire anemometer - RS Components 327-0640
  • Thermometer & humidity meter - CEM (DT)HT-615 / Kane-May KM8004
  • Anemometer/thermometer/hygrometers - Skywatch ATMOS
  • 4 in 1 multi-function meters - CEM DT-8820
  • Infrared thermometers - Fluke 62
  • Mini Infratraces (surface temperature) - Kane-May KM800/1000
  • Air quality analyser - Zellweger MP Surveyor Pro
  • True RMS clamp meters - Fluke 337
  • Power quality analysers (3 phase) - Fluke 430/435
  • Power meters - Seaward PM500 Digital multimeters - Fluke 113

Location

Kirkham Building KM013

Opening Times, Guides and Charges

Official workshop hours are: 9:30 to 12.30 and 13.30 to 16:30 (in practice technicians are often available outside of these times)

Industry Support (IGA work)

Students examing the Refrigeration Cycle

Students performing an air conditioning experiment