Located in B05, this lab is used primarily for teaching MAE 322. Here is a list of available experiments:
Impact of a Jet
Fluid momentum principles are studied as water jets impart momentum on various shapes of targets as reaction forces are measured.
Flow Meter Calibration
Various types of fluid flow meters including an orifice plate and variable area meters are calibrated against a positive displacement flow meter.
The flow physics of a pitot-static tube and a venturi meter are examined and compared to standards of flow measurement.
Pressure Drop in a Pipe System
Flow through a pipe network illustrates the principles of friction pressure loss as well as minor pressure loss through fittings such as elbows and valves.
The thermodynamic principles of polytropic compression processes are examined in a two-stage air compressor with inter-cooling.
Heat Exchange Principles
Convective heat transfer principles are studied as flow temperature and pressure measurements are acquired at the inlet and outlet of a heat exchanger that may is configured in counter flow or parallel flow.
Extended Surface Heat Transfer
Steady state, natural heat convection principles of a heated fin are analyzed and compared to theory as various levels of energy are dissipated.
Linear Heat Conduction
Fourier's steady heat conduction law is demonstrated and studied in various material specimen maintained at various fixed temperatures at each boundary.
Temperature and pressure measurements of air or gas flowing through an electrically heated tube permits enthalpy measurements and comparison to standard thermodynamic table data.
Feed Water Heater
An energy balance is performed in an apparatus modeling a feed-water heater of an electric power-plant where steam mixes with a liquid water spray to heat the water.