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Fluid & Thermal Sciences Lab

MECH-338MECH 338 – Thermalsciences Lab is a junior/senior level, 1 credit hour course.  The lab covers topics in thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics.  Students work in groups of 3 or 4 and complete one experiment per week.  These experiments include:

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Wind and Water Tunnel Testing – calculation of drag force and drag coefficient

Pressure Tank Blowdown – discharge of air through different sized orifices

Refrigeration – evaluation of cooling capacity and coefficient of performance of a refrigeration cycle

Heat Conduction – thermal properties and contact resistance of metal rods

Heat Convection – calculation of heat transfer coefficient for both natural and forced convection

Heat Exchanger – heat transfer properties of a crossflow heat exchanger

Boiling – observation of different types of boiling and condensation

Pipe Flow – observation of flow regimes and calculation of pressure drop and friction factor

Internal Combustion Engine – measurement of torque and power from a dynamometer

Student-Designed Experiment – students develop and run their own experiment based on knowledge acquired throughout the semester

Emphasis is also placed on methods for conveying results.  Each lab report follows the same formatting guidelines to help students develop technical writing skills.