In the lab students study the operation and efficiencies of engines and turbine power generators.
This is an experiment to study the performance of a Diesel engine using an electric dynamometer. The students can measure the current and voltage output by the dynamometer from which they can figure out the power generated by the engine as a function of RPM.
This is a dual gas turbine. One turbine drives a compressor and the other is a power generating turbine. In this experiment students measure the efficiency of the whole cycle under non-adiabatic conditions and compare that efficiency with the ideal efficiency that can be predicted using thermodynamics.
Single piston 4 stroke engine
This engine runs on alcohol and has a transparent cylinder. The motion of the piston can be frozen by using a stroboscope and the propagation of flame within the cylinder can be studied.