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University of Balamand > Academics > Faculties > Faculty of Engineering > Academics > Laboratories

Laboratories

The program has set the following laboratories:

More details about the laboratories are provided hereafter.
Two Laboratory Assistants manage the laboratories:
  • Ms. Maria El-Deghel
  • Ms.Claire Zakhem


Food Microbiology Laboratory
This laboratory will support courses, projects and research related to Food microbiology. It will be equipped to enable students to study the morphological characteristics of microorganisms in culture and their role in food spoilage, food borne diseases, food fermentation, and the analysis of the microbiological quality of foods.
The following equipments are available for the academic year 2010-2011:

 

ITEM DESCRIPTION
ZEISS MICROSCOPE PRIMO STAR Primo star microscope designed for the examination of cell and tissue cultures, petri dishes and micro plates
ZEISS MICROSCOPE AXIO SCOPE A1 Microscope for use in food technology and biotechnology research and for industrial food applications
ZEISS MICROSCOPE AXIOCAM Microscope with camera for routine laboratory work and research
BIOTECH ELISA READER Micro plate ELISA reader for the detection of bacteria and residues in food using the immuno assay technique
ELISA WASHER WITH BOTTLES Washer to clean the ELISA reader strips
BIOTECH SPECTROPHOTOMETER UV-9200 UV-VIS spectro for measuring the Absorbance relative to the concentration of a solution
COLONY COUNTER CC-1 For counting the bacterial colonies on Petri dishes
GSDI-3007 ULTRAPURE UNIT Water purification unit for distilled and deionized water
THERMO WATER PURIFICATION UNIT Water purification unit for distilled and deionized water
AUTOCLAVE STERILE MAX To sterilize equipment and supplies using high pressure steam at high temperature
BIOHAZARD ASALAIR HOOD Hood to ensure a safe environment when working with biohazards (to protect the operator)
BALANCE A 2000g balance used to weigh agars and food samples
BIOVORTEX V1 BOECO Vortex to mix samples before plating
LABTECH HOTPLATE WITH STIRRER Hotplate for media preparation
BLENDERS Blending and grinding food samples before testing
WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM Pump and glassware to do water filtration before microbiological testing
ANAEROBIC JARS Jars to incubate petri dishes when testing anaerobic bacteria
GRAM STAIN KIT All needed colorants for the GRAM stain test
AGARS 15 different agars for the identification of bacteria

+ ALL NEEDED GLASSWARE AND CHEMICALS

FIRST AID KIT All needed materials for first aid


Non-Destructive Testing Laboratory
This laboratory will support courses, projects and research related to physical characterization of food. The approach for those characterizations can be using ultrasonic, textural, or optical means.

The Non-Destructive Laboratory will be equipped with the following items:

ITEM USAGE

TMS-Pro Texture Analyzer

Textural and elasticity measurement (Rheology). Machine is equipped with load cell, fixture table, 3-point bending fixture, cylindrical, ball, and cone probes, and the necessary software

Basler Camera

Basler Digital Camera with National Instruments boards, lenses, and necessary accessories

3 TDS2002B Digital Oscilloscopes

TEKTRONIX Oscilloscope used in Ultrasonic Testing

2 PCI/GPIG cards

National Instrument boards with cables

2 NI-DAQ

National Instrument Multifunction I/O Board and NI-DAQ

2 Thermocouple Module

National Instrument Input module with screw terminals

2 2-Channel Analog Input

2-Channel Isolated Analog Input (50 mV. 10 kHz)

4 Function Generators

Used in Ultrasonic testing

4 Power Supplies

Used in Ultrasonic Testing

Sets of different cables

Cables for transducers. Cables to connect boards. Cab​les to connect equipments

3M Digital LCD projector

Used as teaching aid and presentation related to the program

4 HP Desktops

Used to connect, run, and control the different electronic elements used in NDE and optical testing

2 HP Notebooks

Used to connect, run, and control the different electronic elements used in NDE and optical testing. Also, they can be used in teaching and administrative support to the program.

2 Apple Mac Book

Used to connect, run, and control the different electronic elements used in NDE and optical testing. Also, they can be used in teaching and administrative support to the program.

Ultrasonic Pre-Amplifier

Low noise, working range 50 kHz – 40 MHz at 3 dB and 40 dB gain

Ultrasonic Puler-Receiver

Pulse Width 0.1 MHz-20 MHz; Bandwidth up to 35 MHz and pulse voltage up to 400 V

Soldering Station

Covering temperature range 200-450 C with set of soldering wires and a suck wire

4 Ultrasonic Measurement Cells

To measure viscosity, foreign body detection and heterogeneities distribution

6 Ultrasonic/Acoustic Sensors and housing

Two 2 MHz, two 75 kHz, and 2 210 kHz transducers

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Lebanon

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