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Electrical and Electronic Engineering Facilities

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Facilities

Discover the state-of-the-art laboratories and clean rooms we have available as part of our range of electrical and electronic engineering facilities.

Centre for advanced electrical drives

At the School of Engineering, we have world-class electronic engineering facilities. Ourselves and our business partners can access to conduct research. 

We also have a number of private offices, laboratories, and meeting rooms. Here, our clients can undertake research within a confidential environment.

James Widmer leads the centre. James is an expert in the design of electrical machines with experience of working in the aerospace industry. Please contact us for an informal discussion on how we can help your business to grow.

Contact us

Dr James Widmer
Centre for Advanced Electrical Drives
School of Engineering
Merz Court
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne

Gilly Durkin
APC Electric Machines Spoke Coordinator

Advanced propulsion centre UK partnership

We are a member of the prestigious Spokes Network, a national network that works to support the automotive industry with specialist academic, technological, and commercial expertise as part of the Advanced Propulsion Centre UK.

Intelligent sensing laboratory

The Intelligent Sensing Laboratory opened in October 2016. Newcastle University Vice-Chancellor’s office provided funding of £0.75m as part of the University’s £30m Research Investment Fund.

Teaching facilities

Computing lab

Our computing laboratory has 116 workstations with a lecture area for mixed-mode teaching.

All the PCs have standard engineering, drawing, and document creation tools. They also have electrical and electronic engineering software.

Installed software includes: 

  • Labview with Circuit Design Suite
  • Infolytica Magnet and Motor Solve
  • JMAG
  • Spice
  • AWR
  • CST
  • Digsilient Power Factory
  • Altium
  • MPlab
  • SabreRD
  • Xilinx Vivado

The lab has machines with hardware development kits. These enable ARM, DSP, microcontroller, and FPGA programming, waveform generators, and oscilloscopes.

Electrical power

We have invested over £250K in a state-of-the-art training laboratory as part of our range of electronic engineering facilities. The lab provides facilities for electrical power, renewable energy, and motor control systems.

The lab has a range of Lucas-Nuelle test rigs so that students can develop skills in renewable energy generation.

The test benches simulate a wide range of scenarios that engineers are likely to face in the renewable energies industry. 

The servo-machine test bench is a comprehensive testing system. It examines the performance of electrical machines and drives. It includes a digital controller, a brake, and Active Servo software.

The system combines state-of-the-art technology with ease of operation. As a student, you'll develop cutting-edge skills in one of the leading industries in the future.

Features include:

  • eight workbenches equipped with the latest Keysight test equipment
  • 10 Quanser QUBE-Servo systems with National Instruments myRIO Connections
  • 12 Lucas-Nuelle mobile servo machine test stands consisting of:
    • four AC Induction Machines
    • four Mains Synchronising Machines
    • two DC Machines (a total of 6 are reconfigurable)
    • one Wind Power Plant (DFIG) test rig (to investigate the design and operation of modern wind power generation systems)
    • one Advanced Photovoltaic System (realistic simulation of the progression of the sun)


The Electronics lab is home to 60 bays of the latest Agilent/Keysight digital test equipment. These link to individual PCs for real-time data capture.

We constantly update our equipment to ensure that it remains state-of-the-art. It benefits from a large number of bespoke experiments tailored to the subject fields we teach.

The Stage 1 lab provides facilities for practical hands-on design and construction experiments. This gives you practical experience in electronic design. We also offer the latest PCB design and CAD software. This will take your design from prototype to final testing. It mimics the authentic industrial way of working.

Each bench in the lab has certified soldering fume extraction and the latest in-circuit programming of Microchip and FPGA boards.

There is also a 15-seat project lab. This is a lab area for Stage 3 and 4 students to concentrate on individual projects.

Research facilities