Thermofluid Laboratory


The thermofluid laboratory is used to run experiments in both fluid mechanics and heat transfer.  It houses state-of-the-art equipment that rivals that of bigger and more prestigious schools.  Some of the equipment includes a subsonic wind tunnel, a state-of-the-art particle image velocimetry system (PIV) which measures flow properties (velocity, turbulence, etc.) by taking a rapid sequence of pictures of the flow, an air flow study loop, a heat transfer unit, as well as dozens of other apparatuses that can be used to run a battery of experiments.  In addition, several water flow loops are currently under construction which, when completed, will allow the students to study all kinds of fluid flow phenomena, using computer-controlled instrumentation and software tools which are currently in use in industry.  We want our students to be trained on the usage of state-of-the-art equipment and instrumentation.  This will make them more competitive in today’s tightening job market.

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