Teaching of multimode heat transfer through laboratory experiments

Peter Rodgers, Shrinivas Bojanampati, Valerie Eveloy, Afshin Goharzadeh, Arman Molki

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Abstract

Hands-on laboratory skills play a vital role in providing mechanical engineering students with a sound understanding of the scientific fundamentals and their application in solving real-life engineering problems. This paper describes a handson 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 characterization of heat transfer from a cartridgeheated, isothermal cylinder inside a circular enclosure, by conduction, natural convection and radiation. The project consists in the design and fabrication of the test facility, data acquisition and comparison of experimental results with analytical 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 analytical predictions, which are inherent in the test configuration considered, reflecting realistic engineering situations. Sample measurement and analysis results are reported. 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 2010 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2010
Pages435-442
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
EventASME 2010 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2010 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Duration: 12 Nov 201018 Nov 2010

Publication series

NameASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Proceedings (IMECE)
Volume6

Conference

ConferenceASME 2010 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2010
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityVancouver, BC
Period12/11/1018/11/10

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