Teaching of extended surface heat transfer through laboratory experiments

Valerie Eveloy, Peter Rodgers, Shrinivas Bojanampati

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Abstract

This paper describes a hands-on laboratory thermofluid project which is taught as part of a one-semester, junior-level mechanical engineering course titled Core Measurements Laboratory. The experiment focuses on the characterization of multi-mode heat transfer from a range of cartridge-heated fin geometries cooled by conduction, natural convection and radiation. The project involves the design and construction of the test facility, experimental characterization of fin heat transfer, and comparison of experimental results with corresponding analytical and numerical predictions, with a formal report submitted on completion. The project is undertaken by a team of four students over a five-week period. Emphasis is placed on highlighting potential discrepancies between measurement and predictions, which are inherent in the test configurations considered, reflecting realistic engineering situations. Sample measurement and analysis results are reported in this paper. The teaching strategy employed to integrate fundamental theories with hands-on experiences is described. The effectiveness of the laboratory project in enhancing student learning of heat transfer, engineering analysis of discrepancies between predictions and measurements, and project management skills was demonstrated by monitoring student performance improvements over the duration of the project.

Original languageBritish English
Title of host publicationASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2012
Pages337-346
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012
EventASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2012 - Houston, TX, United States
Duration: 9 Nov 201215 Nov 2012

Publication series

NameASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Proceedings (IMECE)
Volume5

Conference

ConferenceASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHouston, TX
Period9/11/1215/11/12

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