OIST – Mech – Labs and Infrastructure

Mechanical Labs Infrastructure

The Mechanical Engineering department has the following labs to give exposure to the students and enhance their practical knowledge.


The University has a large workshop to give real life practical exposure to the students. It is equipped with the latest machines that are required in different fields of engineering. Apart from an Engineering drawing hall the workshop has following shops in it :

  • Machine Shop
  • Welding Shop
  • Fitting Shop
  • Carpentry Shop
Machine Shop


This shop includes machines like lathe machine, milling machine, shaper machine, drilling machine etc. In this lab students learn about different types of machining operations such as turning, facing, drilling, gear cutting, threading, slot cutting, grinding, knurling, boring, grooving etc.

Welding Shop


This shop is equipped with various welding machines like arc welding machine, gas welding machine etc. In these lab students learns about different types of welding joints, their defects and remedies.

Fitting Shop


In fitting shop unwanted material is removed with the help of hand tools. It is done for mating, repair and manufacturing purposes. This lab is equipped with different types of clamping tools (like bench vice, leg vice, hand vice, pin vice etc.), measuring and marking tools (like try square, bevel protector, combination set, vernier caliper, micrometer etc.), cutting tools (like hacksaw, files, chisels etc.), striking tools (different types of hammers) and miscellaneous tools.

Carpentry Shop


This shop includes different types of hand tools like wooden jack planner, handsaw, G-clamp, T-square, marking gauge, adze etc. In this lab students go through different types of woods, their defects and different types of wooden joint(butt joint, corner joint, dove tail joint , lap joint, bridal joint).

Internal Combustion Engine Lab


This lab is for mechanical B. Tech. 3rd year (6thSem) students with facilities for the group of 30 students to carry out experiments independently. The lab is well-equipped and enables students to understand the basic construction of two stroke and four stroke diesel and petrol engine. The lab also enables the student to calculate power, efficiency, fuel consumption, heat balance sheet, frictional power, torque etc of S.I. and C.I. engines.

Automobile Engineering Lab

This lab is for mechanical 4th year students with facilities for the group of 30 students to carry out experiments independently. The lab is well-equipped and enables students to understand the working of different types of components like steering system, braking system and different types of brakes, different types of pumps, filters, and transmission system etc. of an automobile.

Mechanical Vibration Lab


This lab is for mechanical 4th year (7th semester) students with facilities for the group of 30 students to carry out experiments independently. The lab is well-equipped and enables students to understand the vibration of machine parts and also used to understand their effects on the vehicle and engine performance.

Fluid Mechanics Lab


This lab introduces student’s practical knowledge of behavior of fluids which they are earlier studied by using mathematical equations. It involves study of various properties of the fluid, such as velocity, pressure, density and temperature, as functions of space and time. Fluid mechanics is the branch of physics which deals with the properties of fluids, namely liquids and gases, and their interaction with forces.

The lab is equipped with different flow measuring set-ups such as venturimeter, orifice-plate, pitot tube, rotometer etc., where students can visualize the basic theory of working of the flow meter. The lab also has Reynolds’s setup, free-forced vortices setup, flow over open channel and impact of jet set-up, where students can fortify their theoretical knowledge. The lab also has some advanced research set-up such as constant temperature hot-wire anemometer, pulsating flow meter, where some advanced research work can be performed.

Hydraulics and Hydraulic Machine Lab


The laboratory is equipped with a number of equipment and experimental setups to study the fundamental and applied aspects of hydraulics and hydraulic machines. The setups are used for calibration of flow measuring devices used in channels and pipes. Measurements of critical Performance parameters like efficiency, flow rate etc of various hydraulic machines such as turbines, pumps are also measured in this lab. The equipment is operated in a closed loop system which conserves water and averts the need for large quantities of water supply.

Heat and Mass Transfer Lab


This lab helps the students to understand all the 3 modes of heat transfer, namely conduction, convection and radiation practically. These experiments also pave way for inculcating certain innovative skills in the students making them to use the above experimental setups as starting point to take up higher level experimental studies in Heat Transfer.

Thermal Engineering Lab


The objective of the thermal engineering laboratory is to introduce the student the fundamental theories and the industrial applications of thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics. This laboratory supports the courses for the undergraduate and graduate studies. Moreover, this laboratory also supports the advanced research in the area of thermal engineering, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics.

 Theory of Machine Lab


The lab is well-equipped and enables students to understand the balancing of machine parts statically and dynamically and also used to understand the dynamic behavior of moving objects. Objectives of this lab are to impart practical knowledge on design and analysis of mechanisms for the specified type of motion in a machine. With the study of rigid bodies motions and forces for the transmission systems, machine kinematics and dynamics can be well understood. Demonstration exercises are provided with wide varieties of transmission element models to understand machine kinematics. Various experiments with governors, gyroscopes, balancing machines and universal vibration facilities are available to understand machine dynamics.

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Lab


The lab is well-equipped and enables students to understand the basic Refrigeration and Air Conditioning cycles used in various Food processing, preservation and distribution industries, Chemical and process industries textiles, printing industries, manufacturing industries, photographic industries, computer rooms industries, power plants, vehicular industries etc.

Strength of Materials Lab


The objective of the strength of materials lab. is to demonstrate the basic principles in the area of strength and mechanics of materials and structural analysis to the undergraduate students through a series of experiments. Tests such as the tension tests of a steel coupon, torsion of model circular sections and bending of a steel bar are conducted in the lab.Universal Testing Machine is used to perform tensile, compression, shear and bend test. It operates on hydraulic loading and can be controlled manually. The maximum load attainable is 200kN and maximum displacement is 200mm. It also has a load stabilizer that can be used to apply a constant load for a period of three minutes.Impact Testing Machine is used to study the toughness or energy absorbing properties of various materials under two types of impact tests i.e. Izod and Charpy impact tests and the Brinell hardness machine is used to test hardness of materials.



The objective of the CAD/CAM lab is to understand and handle design problems in a systematic manner and to gain practical experience in handling 2D drafting and 3D modeling software systems. It is to be used to apply CAD in real life applications.

Machine Drawing Lab


Drawing is the language of engineers. An engineer must be well conversant with drawings. Drawings represent reduced shape of structure and the owner will be able to see what is going to happen. It is the best possible way to prepare a concise record of the numerous architecture, and engineering works in a manner that can be readily understood and translated into reality by people whose duties commence when the designer and draughtsman have finished their work.