The Thermal Systems lab teaches students to measure energy produced by combustion and turbines, how to measure temperature and humidity.
Picture above shows students observing the calibration of temperature and analyzing the measuring devices called thermocouples.
Mechanical Engineering Students measure the energy released by the combustion of an unknown fuel in the bomb calorimeter.
The students can control the mass flow rate of air driving this impulse turbine. Students conduct two experiments using this device: in one they predict the amount of power produced by a frictionless turbine and compare this with experiments. In the second they measure friction and relate the friction to entropy generated in the turbine.
This is an automated experiment in which students study the efficiency of the compressor as a function of mass flow rate. They then generate temperature entropy diagrams that can be compared to theoretical predictions.