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Repeatability and longevity are just a few reasons why the University of Regina keeps returning to TecQuipment for engineering teaching equipment. This University in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan has been purchasing TecQuipment teaching products from the company since the late 1960s.

Within the faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Laboratory Instructor Dean Milton runs a Fluid Mechanics laboratory, with lab sessions for students studying degree courses in Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Petroleum Engineering.

Over the years, they have purchased five generations of TecQuipment’s Hydraulic Bench and associated experiments. Their first generation Hydraulic Bench introduced in the late 1960s is still in fully functional order.

Milton captured why they choose TecQuipment’s products, “Repeatability when it comes to running experiments to prove theory, is the number one reason we stick with these products. I know that my students are going to get good, consistent reliable results. I also know they are going to last. The fact that equipment the University bought over half a century ago is still working says it all. This isn’t just because they are designed and built really well, it’s also down to these products being really good to maintain.”

Equipment that lasts a working lifetime

The five year warranty offered with TecQuipment products tells only part of the story. Detailed manuals that cover maintenance, as well as teaching guidelines, theory and workbooks for students, give academics the details required to perform routine maintenance. The support provided by local sales agents and the TecQuipment Customer Service’s team at TecQuipment’s headquarters, ensure problems get solved no matter how long the product has been in service.

Agents around the world

Milton talked highly of the local TecQuipment agent in Canada, AYVA Educational Solutions:

“The AVYA experience is great! Their post-sale technical support is unparalleled.” 

TecQuipment works with 60 plus agents around the world, supported by a strong team of export personnel based in the UK HQ.

Modular products make incremental investment easy and decrease lab set-up time

Many products within the Fluid Mechanics range from TecQuipment are modular. Not only does this mean that investments can be done incrementally, but it also makes lab set-up time quicker and easier.

Milton commented: “I’m often running two lab sessions at one time in two different rooms. Being able to use the base module like the Hydraulic Bench and quickly be able to switch out the experimental modules makes running a tight schedule of laboratory sessions possible. With a few of my own modifications like adding quick connects and valves I can make this changeover even slicker.”

The University of Regina recently purchased eight of the newest Digital Hydraulic Benches from TecQuipment. While many of their older benches were still in good functioning order, the decision was made to update to the latest model with digital flow and capacity measurement capabilities, which ultimately means that experiments can be performed much more quickly. The older units have been donated to a local college. With the Hydraulic Benches the University uses the following experiments:

Upgrades to increase the product’s lifetime

As new product upgrades have been made available, the University of Regina has been quick to seize these opportunities to extend the life of their products. Their Losses in Piping Experiment purchased in the 1990s was recently upgraded with an electronic pressure measurement system. This has improved the accuracy of the experiment results and eliminated the use of mercury in the apparatus.

Engineering understanding for local environmental challenges

Milton was explaining how in Canada the region experiences many challenges with infiltration of water into the basements of buildings. In response to this, the University purchased the Hydrology and Rainfall Apparatus that simulates rain and moving storms over a permeable medium. It also demonstrates hydrology phenomenon such as erosion caused by water flow and watersheds for simulated islands with rainfall and well flows.

Factory visit

TecQuipment encourages people from around the world to visit their factory in Nottingham, UK where the equipment is designed and manufactured all under one roof.

Milton noted that “After visiting the factory and having a meet and greet with the key players I was left with a great confidence in dealing with the people of TecQuipment. I know I can call and speak to people about any problems I might have with the equipment.”

During his visit, Dean Milton demonstrated the Digital Hydraulic Bench. Watch the video below.

TQ In-Stock May 2019

Product # Product Description Qty in Stock
AF107 AIRCRAFT MODEL LOW WING 2
AVF1 MANUAL VOLUMETRIC FUEL GAUGE 4
CE105MV MULTIVARIABLE COUPLED TANKS 1
CE109 BALL AND HOOP APPARATUS 1
CE111 PLC PROCESS 1
CE123 PLC TRAINER 2
CE1B COMPRESSOR 1
E19 STRAIN GAUGE KIT 1
E19A REFILL KIT FOR E19 1
ECA100 ENGINE CYCLE ANALYSER 7
ECA101 CYLINDER HEAD PRESSURE TRANSDUCER 4
ECA102 CRANK ANGLE SHAFT ENCODER 6
ES1 ENGINEERING SCIENCE WORK PANEL 45
ES10 PULLEY KIT 3
ES11 DRIVE SYSTEMS KIT 3
ES12 CAM, CRANK & TOGGLE KIT 10
ES13 GEAR TRAINS KIT 7
ES14 SIMPLE MECHANISMS KIT 2
ES15 BAR LINKAGES KIT 2
ES17 ROTATIONAL FRICTION KIT 3
ES18 ADDITIONAL MECHANISMS KIT 8
ES19 SPRING TESTER KIT 8
ES2 FORCES KIT 6
ES3 MOMENTS KIT 3
ES4 DEFLECTION OF BEAMS KIT 5
ES5 TORSION OF CIRCULAR SECTIONS KIT 3
ES6 TENSILE TESTER KIT 5
ES7 SIMPLE HARMONIC MOTION KIT 8
ES8 FRICTION & INCLINED PLANE KIT 15
ES9 POTENTIAL & KINETIC ENERGY KIT 9
EST ENGINEERING SCIENCE STORAGE UNIT 1
ESX ENGINEERING SCIENCE SPARES KIT 7
GT103A DIGITAL PRESSURE INDICATOR 1
H11 CENTRE OF PRESSURE 14
H12L SYPHON SPILLWAY 2
H13 VORTEX APPARATUS 1
H16 LOSSES IN PIPING SYSTEMS 4
H16P ROUGHENED PIPE 2
H1F DIGITAL HYDRAULIC BENCH 2
H2 (MKII) METACENTRIC HEIGHT AND STABILITY 6
H215A HEATER MODULE 2
H2A (MKII) ADDITIONAL FLOATING BODIES 10
H313A PERMEABLE MEDIUM 1
H314A SURFACE TENSION BALANCE 2
H314B HARES TUBE 4
H33 JET TRAJECTORY AND ORIFICE FLOW 1
H34 PIPEWORK ENERGY LOSSES 3
H3A CALIBRTN. OF A BOURD. PRESS GAUGE 1
H4 FLOW THROUGH AN ORIFICE 5
H40 FLOW METER CALIBRATION 2
H40A PITOT TUBE 3
H40B VENTURI FLOWMETER 1
H40C ORIFICE FLOWMETER 4
H410 VISCOSITY AND PARTICLE DRAG 2
H6 DISCHARGE OVER A NOTCH 2
H8A ADDITIONAL IMPACT PLATES 18
H9A HEADER TANK 1
SM1000D EXTENSOMETER FOR SM1000 5
SM1001A TORSIOMETER 2
SM1002A EXTENSOMETER FOR SM1002 1
SM1002B COMPRESSION CAGE 2
SM1002C BRINELL HARDNESS TEST SET 2
SM1004A ADDITIONAL SPECIMEN BEAMS 1
SM1006 CREEP TESTING MACHINE 5
SM1008 DIAPHRAGM 1
SM1009A TENSILE SPECIMENS FOR SM1009 1
SM1010 DIGITAL STRAIN DISPLAY 1
SM1015 ROCKWELL HARDNESS TESTER 1
ST1 STROBOSCOPE 2
ST1 STROBOSCOPE 3
STF1 STATICS WORK PANEL 1
STF2 SUSPENSION CABLE DEMONSTRATION 1
STF4 EQUILIBRIUM OF FORCES 2
STR1 UNIVERSAL TEST FRAME 33
STR10 TWO-PINNED ARCH 3
STR11 FIXED ARCH 4
STR12 BUCKLING OF STRUTS 13
STR13 CONTINUOUS AND INDETERMINATE BEAM 2
STR15 PLASTIC BENDING OF BEAMS 3
STR15A SPECIMEN BEAMS FOR STR15 5
STR16 PLASTIC BENDING OF PORTALS 2
STR16A SPECIMEN PORTALS FOR STR16 6
STR17 REDUNDANT TRUSS 6
STR18 FRAME DEFLECTIONS AND REACTIONS 7
STR19 SIMPLE SUSPENSION BRIDGE 3
STR1A DIGITAL FORCE DISPLAY 68
STR2 BENDING MOMENTS IN A BEAM 1
STR20 BENDING MOMENTS IN A PORTAL FRAME 2
STR2000 AUTOMATIC DATA ACQUISITION UNIT 37
STR4 DEFLECTION OF BEAMS & CANTILEVERS 6
STR5 BENDING STRESS IN A BEAM 4
STR6 TORSION OF CIRCULAR SECTIONS 11
STR7 UNSYMM. BENDING AND SHEAR CENTRE 3
STR8 PIN JOINTED FRAMEWORKS 5
STR8A ADDITIONAL LOAD CELL FOR STR8 4
STR9 THREE-PINNED ARCH 4
STRN10 10 SEAT STRUCTURES SOFTWARE 2
STRN25 25 SEAT STRUCTURES SOFTWARE 1
STRN5 5 SEAT STRUCTURES SOFTWARE 1
STRN50 50 SEAT STRUCTURES SOFTWARE 1
STRS STRUCTURES SOFTWARE 49
SW1 STOPWATCH 7
TD1002A LINEAR HEAT CONDUCTION EXPERIMENT 3
TD1006 MARCET BOILER EXPERIMENT 2
TD1007A 16 TUBE HEAT EXCHANGER 1
TD202 4 STROKE DIESEL ENGINE 4
TD211 MODIFIED 4 STROKE PETROL ENGINE 2
TD360 HEAT EXCHANGER SERVICE MODULE 2
TD360A CONCENTRIC TUBE HEAT EXCHANGER 4
TD360C SHELL AND TUBE HEAT EXCHANGER 7
TD360D JACKETED VESSEL AND COIL 1
TM1002 STATIC AND DYNAMIC BALANCING 4
TM1004 GYROSCOPE 2
TM1005 CENTRIFUGAL FORCE 3
TM1018B TOOTHED BELT DRIVE UNIT 1
TM1018D ROLLER CHAIN DRIVE UNIT 2
TM160 FREE VIBRATIONS TEST FRAME 8
TM161 SIMPLE AND COMPOUND PENDULUMS 2
TM162 FILAR PENDULUMS 1
TM163 CENTRE OF PERCUSSION 2
TM164A DAMPER KIT FOR TM164 MASS/SPRING 1
TM165 FREE TORSIONAL VIBRATIONS 1
TM165A DAMPER KIT FOR TM165 2
VDAS-B (mkII) VDAS mkII (BENCH MOUNTED VERSION) 7
VDAS-F (mkII) VDAS mkII (FRAME MOUNTED VERSION) 5
WT WEIGHT HANGER  AND 10g WEIGHTS 1
WTL SET OF 1g WEIGHTS 5

 

Originally published on TecQuipment’s website May 2019.

With so much interest in additive manufacturing (AM), two academics at Southampton Solent University decided to investigate using Additive Manufacturing to construct more complex geometry vanes for TecQuipment’s ‘Impact of a Jet’ experiment that is used at the university by students on the BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree.

Blog Contribution, by Rob Benham, Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in Engineering Science at Southampton Solent University

The duo set out to see how the combination of this new technology could be used to optimise model design.

Vanes are made from a ‘visijet M3 crystal’ material (a thermosetting polymer with good strength and acceptable toughness for this application). Vanes were printed with 16 microns print resolution, so that fine details and intricate changes in geometry can be achieved.

For this initial research, the number of vanes included:

  • Duplicated hemispherical vane (for direct comparison to the aluminium alloy type supplied)
  • Domed vane based on the top half of an egg (generated by computer-aided design)
  • Hemispherical vane with 1.5 mm dimples and one with 4.5 mm diameter dimples.

Flow rates were recorded and plotted (as shown below).

The exit profiles of the fluids differed greatly. The egg-shaped vane showing very strong similarity to the small dimpled surface, but with much less vibration on the system. At max flow the profile is very different for the egg-shaped vane, as shown below.

The system was also modelled using finite element analysis software and computational fluid dynamic modelling. Results showed very good similarity to experimental data, with excellent repeatability for this experiment. By modifying the surface with small dimples, the results are similar to an egg-shaped vane. Exit profiles of the fluids at different flow rates and vibrational amplitudes were also looked at.

Rob Benham, leading the research, says: “The CFD was particularly useful with estimating the exit velocities of the fluid, which is not possible with the complex geometries and limited with simple vane designs; the fact that the simulation showed good comparisons is promising.” His colleague, Dr Fayyaz Rehman, spent a lot of time on the simulation while Rob spent a many hours in the lab repeating the experiment with different vanes and flow rates. “In addition to this testing, there is a clear link to the exciting outcomes of TecQuipment’s Thermo-fluids Competition that was held earlier this year, since the progression of this clearly needs to focus on the nozzle design. Optimization is the next step.” Rob adds.

The research will be published in the conference proceedings at this year’s International Conference in Manufacturing Research (ICMR) 2019. This will be hosted at Queen’s University, Belfast between 10th September – 12th September 2019.

"In recent years, there has been a growing demand for engineering equipment in the undergraduate labs at the University of Guelph as we have expanded our program. AYVA has been proactive and assisted us diligently in addressing all our equipment needs. We now proudly showcase both PASCO and TecQuipment products in our teaching labs. The quality of the equipment and teaching material is exceptional. AYVA offers a broad range of equipment well suited to our various engineering disciplines and we look forward to exploring their extended product offering in the future."


Dr. Shohel Mahmud
University of Guelph

I’m often running two lab sessions at one time in two different rooms. Being able to use the base module like TecQuipment's Hydraulic Bench and quickly be able to switch out the experimental modules makes running a tight schedule of laboratory sessions possible. With a few of my own modifications like adding quick connects and valves I can make this changeover even slicker. The AVYA experience is great! Their post-sale technical support is unparalleled.

Dean Milton,
University of Regina

"Bosch Rexroth’s hydraulics bench is really great! Robust, easy to use, and it offers the possibility to expand and add components to keep up with new technologies. My students are always motivated while working with the bench and I now understand why it has such a strong reputation. It is impossible to regret this purchase!"


 

Marc Boudreau
Kativik School Board

 

"I have worked with the AYVA team to upgrade my Mechanical Engineering lab. We have not only been provided with excellent pre-sale service but we also received valuable support after we placed our order. We were provided access to a number of resources which we were able to use to develop our own customized labs for the students. The structures equipment from TecQuipment is being used to teach student groups in several courses at the undergraduate level. There is minimal setup required and students are easily able to switch between experiments. The excellent quality of the TQ manuals has enabled us to design our labs with relative ease. The equipment was delivered on schedule and the AYVA team has been very diligent in following up and providing us with the resources we need in a timely fashion."


Dr. H.J. Kwon
University of Waterloo

"I’m very pleased with the fast and professional service that I’ve received from AYVA Educational Solutions. I am able to contact an AYVA representative any day of the week and receive a prompt response. AYVA’s representatives are happy and willing to accommodate any changes, modifications and suggestions. I highly recommend using AYVA Educational Services to meet your educational needs."


Sonny Hegde
SAIT Polytechnic

"TecQuipment's structures line was chosen to enhance the learning experience of our engineering students. The products were delivered in a timely manner and were easy to set up. After-sales support has been very accommodating, allowing us to modify the experiment manuals as we saw fit, giving us flexibility in learning objectives. Students have shown great interest, and have found operating the units to be easy and simple."


Riad Rajab
York University

"All of the students that have the opportunity to see the [Eridès] Refrigeration Trainer in operation and do their lab report based on readings really get a lot out of it. Interesting to note: Our refrigeration tech was fascinated by the unit. He is a very experienced technician, and he was simply amazed at seeing the thermodynamic cycle in action. Typically, refrigeration technicians follow pressure and temperature readings, and gauging from his reaction, they most times give little thought to the phase changes that take place inside the guts of the unit.'


Daniel Saulnier
CCNB

"Out of all the data acquisition systems I'm aware of, nothing approaches the convenience of the PASCO 850 interface. Between the broad range of available sensors and the simplicity of starting data acquisition, a wide range of tasks that would be incredibly complicated otherwise can be automated in minutes ... We have dedicated computers and 850 interfaces at each station in our labs so that data acquisition can be accomplished easily by our students whenever needed."

Gideon Humphrey
University of Toronto

"I am a long-time user of TecQuipment products - in particular the Modular Structures Range as well as other Materials Testing equipment. I find the modules (over 10) very easy to set up and, more importantly, my students find them extremely easy to use as they move from station to station conducting a wide variety of measurements related to structures and materials. Each experiment can be completed in 30 to 45 minutes and I can accommodate several students working in groups of three. It is a great addition to both my Basic Structures and Hyperstatic Structures courses."


Dr. Gérard Poitras
University of Moncton

"I have used AYVA wireless dataloggers in my biomedical labs and found that the reliable signal processing capability was well suited to my research requirements. I appreciated the prompt delivery and the excellent service that I received from your team before and after the sale. I am hoping to purchase additional units."


Dr. Pierre Savard
École Polytechnique de Montreal

"Our mechanical engineering department recently wanted to upgrade our Gas Dynamics Laboratory in conjunction with our newly added aerospace program.  After extensive research, we decided to purchase the AF27 Nozzle Flow Apparatus and the AF300  Intermittent Supersonic Wind Tunnel from TecQuipment with all the accessories including the VDAS Data Acquisition System.  We are happy to report our investment has been well worth it.  A perfect fit for our undergraduate laboratory.  Students are raving how “cool” the units are and the relative ease to obtain accurate data.  The laboratory size supersonic wind tunnel has been a big hit.  At Mach 1.8, viewing the shock waves and expansion fans on an airfoil using the included Schlieren Apparatus has never been easier and more clear.  The people at AYVA were amazing in helping us install the equipment.  They answered all our question in a timely manner and delivered on time.  The equipment is very well designed and built to last for a long time."

Peter Sakaris,
Concordia University

"We appreciate Pignat's willingness to partner with the university to customize a pilot training system that fits both our needs - and our budget. I want to thank AYVA for arranging a visit to Pignat's factory in France so I could meet the design engineers and see first-hand the attention to detail at every step of the manufacturing process. I especially want to thank my hosts at Pignat for their hospitality during my stay in Lyon. I really had a good time testing our CO2 absorption/stripping unit and seeing all the nice equipment in the plant."


Dr. John Zhang
University of Waterloo

"AYVA has provided us with excellent support in getting training equipment that will enhance our chemical engineering labs. We have had the opportunity to work with their knowledgeable staff as well as representatives from TecQuipment and PIGNAT. We especially appreciated Sean McLaughlin, Technical Services Manager’s time and expertise when we purchased the H83 from TecQuipment. He was extremely responsive and resourceful during the on-site installation."


Sivasubramaniam Ganeshalingam
University of Waterloo

"I have worked with the AYVA team since they launched in 2008 to equip our Science and Engineering labs. They have consistently gone above and beyond to ensure that we were prepared to meet our curricular goals and deadlines. I have been impressed by the breadth and quality of the lines they represent. We have purchased both PASCO and TQ equipment to enhance our teaching labs."


Andrew Orton
Sheridan College






We have recently acquired six KUKA robots for our Controls and Robotics Lab at the University of Toronto. Not only we are very impressed with the quality and performance of the units, but we are also very pleased with the level of service and professionalism we encountered from AYVA. They have provided a continuous channel through which we could interface with KUKA and fulfill our technical demands from the time of procurement, through to installation, training of personnel and commissioning. It has been a textbook case on how to support laboratory work in higher education.


Bruno Korst, P.Eng.

Director, Teaching Labs

ECE




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