Electronics and Control Laboratory

Control Lab

The Electronics and Control laboratory is a cutting-edge facility for practical experiments in the Diamond building. Using the lab, students can design, build, test, and measure an incredible range of modern systems from everyday appliances like mobile phones and laptops to specialist systems used in robots and spacecraft.

The teaching in this lab covers all aspects of electrical, electronic, and control systems hardware and software, from large-scale DC and AC motors, generators, and drive units to precision Computer Aided Designs (CAD). This method of teaching develops the students’ skills and understanding, whilst providing hands-on, practical experience which relates directly to their chosen career path.

High-specification equipment from National Instruments (NI), Quanser, and Keysight provides students with experience in experiments ranging from simple soldering to signal analysis, from transistors to transformers. Students also gain access to real-world Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems, industry standard Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), and advanced design and learning environments. The setup also includes the innovative and adaptive NI Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (ELVIS). This suite can be used across the entire multi-disciplinary engineering curriculum. It allows a hands-on laboratory experience, not just in the expected areas of analogue, digital, telecommunications, power, control, and mechatronics, but also for Biomedical Engineering, Physics and Dynamics, and Chemistry and Ecology.

Take a look at some of the projects our students work on in the Electronics and Control laboratory.

Control Equipment Interface Board

Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL)

PLC System

Inverted Pendulum



Demo PLC

Demo Pendulum