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24x7: Lab Experiments Access On The Web All The Time

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2000 Annual Conference


St. Louis, Missouri

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June 18, 2000

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June 18, 2000

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June 21, 2000



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5.5.1 - 5.5.8



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Jim Henry

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Session 3613

24x7: Lab Experiments Access on the Web All the Time

Jim Henry University of Tennessee at Chattanooga


24 hours a day and 7 days a week, engineering laboratory equipment at UTC is for users via the World Wide Web. Users can conduct systems lab experiments from remote sites, anytime day-or-night, any day of the week. Additionally, "local" laboratory users have experimental data and response graphs posted for Web access (viewing and downloading). The hardware consists of distributed desktop computers connected to a variety of engineering laboratory equipment. The software is all implemented with LabVIEW.

With remote access, students need support in a different manner than with traditional laboratory courses. This paper discusses aspects of this situation and suggests ways to accomplish this student support.

The web address (URL) for the lab is

Hardware and Software

The engineering laboratory at UTC for several years has been using desktop computers for data acquisition and control of engineering equipment. The data acquisition and control software is written with LabVIEW software.

The computers are all networked with ethernet and have internet (IP) addresses. A web- server program was developed which allowed users to conduct experiments using widely available web browsers. The users conduct the experiments either from computer labs on campus or from home computers via internet providers.

More details are given in Henry (1996, 1997, 1998a and 1998b).

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Henry, J. (2000, June), 24x7: Lab Experiments Access On The Web All The Time Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. 10.18260/1-2--8147

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