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Thermo/Fluids Laboratory

Thermo Fluids Laboratory

University of New Haven Thermo Fluids Lab

Capabilities

This facility provides ample opportunities for experimentation and laboratory investigations covering the areas of incompressible fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, and gas dynamics. Laboratory experiments include open channel flow, closed pipe flow, drag and lift, refrigeration and air-conditioning, heat conduction and convection, potential flow, subsonic and supersonic wind tunnels, vapor-compression refrigeration, and viscometry.

Usage

The facility is used routinely to satisfy the instructional requirements of course ME 415 Thermo/Fluids Laboratory.  In addition, this lab space is used for senior design project fabrication and testing because of its readily available fluid resources.

Typical Experiments

Overall heat transfer coefficient and effectiveness of a heat exchanger

Loss coefficient in pipe fittings

Flow through an orifice

Film coefficient for flow past a sphere

Flow over a weir

Vapor compression refrigeration cycle

Rankine cycle

Viscosity of a Newtonian fluid

Flow past an airfoil

Conductivity of metals

Potential flow

 

Refrigeration Unit

 

 

 

Subsonic Wind Tunnel

 

Rankine Cycle