State-of-the-art facilities

The redeveloped Ainsworth Building and Willis Annex are home to the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. The two buildings sit adjacent to each other and were reopened in 2015, after extensive work totalling $67 million.

Willis Annexe

The School’s research engine, the Willis Annexe, is any engineer’s dream facility with its unique labs and workshops. The annexe houses a flight simulator, mechatronics research space, a refrigeration lab, six laser labs including one equipped with blood-flow analysis technology, machines for tensile and compression testing, an aerodynamics laboratory with four wind tunnels and a mechanical workshop that’s probably the best credentialed workshop in Sydney. 

The undergraduate workshops are on the ground floor overlooking the Willis Laneway. These open-plan areas cater for up to 400 students and are designed as flexible spaces where several labs are run simultaneously.

Ainsworth Building

The building has two purpose-designed CATS (centrally allocated teaching space) rooms and a cafe that blends into an informal student space. There are more student break-out areas spread throughout the building, each of them are fitted with powered-up benches and modular furniture that students can arrange easily and use collaboratively. 

At the heart of the building is a well laid out 350-seat lecture theatre. The modern lecture hall has impressive WiFi connectivity and every student has access to a power point to recharge laptops during class. The building also facilitates collaborative research and teaching pods that sit across multiple levels in reconfigured academic spaces. There are also innovative teaching spaces, including modern high-tech computer laboratories for up to 200 students.

On the northern roof of the Ainsworth Building is a new solar thermal energy and solar-energy laboratory.

For more information, see the detailed pages below or call the Postgraduate Research Coordinator Associate Professor Zhongxiao Peng on +61 2 9385 4142 or send her an email.

Acoustics and Vibrations

The laboratory is well-equipped with state-of-the-art noise and vibration instrumentation and wear testing facilities.

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Advanced Fluid Dynamics

With a long research history, the Advanced Fluid Dynamics laboratory includes the advanced experimental area of laser fluid diagnostics – with focus on biomedical fluid dynamics.

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Advanced Manufacturing

The Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory covers teaching, research and consulting in a range of manufacturing processes with a focus on sustainability.

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With capabilities from aerodynamic testing to instrument calibration, the Aerodynamics Laboratory provides teaching, research and consulting in subsonic and supersonic flows.

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Engine Research

The Engine Research Laboratory is designed to resolve technical issues in car engines using the latest technologies to research fuels and combustion and conduct engine performance testing.

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Mechanics of Solids

The Mechanics of Solids Laboratory has a range of capabilities to support its teaching, research and consultation activities.

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The Mechatronics laboratory consists of aerial and ground vehicle labs, plus a well-equipped teaching laboratory for the Mechatronics group.

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Set up for flow characterisation and temperature measurement on the micro- to nano-scale, the Microfluidics Laboratory is equipped with a range of cutting-edge facilities.

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Precision and Nano Processing Technologies

The Precision and Nano Processing Technologies Laboratory at UNSW has a high international reputation for its innovative research.

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Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

The Refrigeration and Air Conditioning laboratory offers calorimeter rooms for determining energy efficiency of various products such as air conditioners or commercial refrigeration systems.

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Solar Thermal

The Solar Thermal Laboratory carries out both fundamental and applied research on technologies for converting solar energy into useful heat.

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Sustainable Manufacturing and Life Cycle Engineering

Making Manufacturing and product life cycles more sustainable is the focus of this group through low carbon manufacturing strategies to carbon foot print assessment and Life Cycle analysis.

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Recently upgraded, the School’s dedicated workshop is a powerful state-of-the-art manufacturing resource servicing students and researchers and boasting a modern CNC Machining capacity.

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