Energy Systems Laboratory
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Equipment

Mechanical Measurements Laboratory

  • Oscilliscopes
  • National Instruments Data Acquistion and Signal Processing Hardware
  • LabVIEW Software
  • Function Generators

Heat Power Laboratory

  • Axial Flow Fan
  • Wind Tunnel
  • Diesel Engine
  • Gasoline Engine
  • Gas Turbine
  • Supersonic Nozzle
  • Solar Collector
  • Heat Pump
  • Wind Turbine

Thermodynamics II

  • Cooperative Fuel Research Engine

 



Overview

The Energy Systems Suite is home to the Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, the Mechanical Measurements Laboratory, the Engine Test Cell, and the Small Engines Laboratory. This facility provides the opportunity to study the laws governing work, heat, and energy conversion and to explore the use of standard measurement equipment, calibration techniques, and computer data acquisition.

  • Fluid Dynamics Laboratory: students explore fundamental fluid dynamics concepts using the wind tunnel and the supersonic nozzle.
  • Mechanical Measurements Laboratory: students learn the science of experimental methods by working with state-of-the-art measurement equipment, calibration techniques, and computer data acquisition.
  • Engine Test Cell: students explore and analyze the performance of a Caterpillar diesel engine.Small Engines Laboratory: students operate a Cooperative Fuel Research engine and a natural gas turbine to study their performance and compare to theory discussed in their thermodynamics coursework.

Associated Courses

Mechanical engineering students are introduced to the laboratory in the following fashion:

Junior Year

ME 333 Mechanical Measurements Laboratory: students learn the science of experimental methods by working with state-of-the-art measurement equipment, calibration techniques, and computer data acquisition.

ME 370 Thermodynamics I: students learn the fundamental concepts behind the conversion of energy that are later explored experimentally in ME 374L.

ME 373 Fluid Mechanics: students learn the fundamental concepts behind fluid statics and the movement of incompressible and compressible fluids that are later explored experimentally in ME 374L.

ME 374L Heat Power Laboratory: students conduct experiments related to fluid dynamics, heat transfer, and the conversion of energy.

ME 376 Heat Transfer: students study how thermal energy is transferred through conduction, convection, and radiation. These concepts are later explored experimentally in ME 374L.

Senior year

ME 470 Thermodynamics II: students explore the conversion of energy from one form to another in more complex systems and including the addition of combustion principles.