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Broadcasting Nuclear Engineering Laboratories Video And Data In Real Time Over The Internet

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006



Conference Session

Information Technology in Nuclear and Radiological Engineering Education

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Nuclear and Radiological

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11.290.1 - 11.290.14



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Prashant Jain University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign

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James Stubbins University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign

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Rizwan Uddin University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign

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Broadcasting Nuclear Engineering Laboratories—Video and Data—in Real- Time over the Internet


A real time, distance lab module is developed and implemented in the Department of Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This internet based system allows remote personnel to watch the experiments, acquire data, and interact with on-site personnel. The e-lab broadcasts not only the live scenes of laboratory and experiments, but also the real time data and plots being measured and displayed in graphical and other formats. Moreover, use of LabVIEW’s remote front panel feature allows communications between the local lab and remote client so that, if permitted, remote client can control part or all of the experiment in real-time.

Keywords: Broadcast, Distance education, e-Lab, Internet, LabVIEW

1. Introduction and background

The internet and world-wide-web has become an indispensable part of modern day education, supplementing existing classroom education and also supporting web-based courses and programs. Though the distance learning programs continue to expand, real-time broadcasting of engineering laboratory courses is still in its infancy. In addition, for expensive and/or dwindling experimental facilities – such as training and research reactors – distance lab modules may become an economic necessity. While distance lab modules - just like distance courses - may never be as meaningful as their in-lab counterparts, it may be possible to make them somewhat realistic. Moreover, in some ways, distance-labs (or e-labs) might actually provide a more

Jain, P., & Stubbins, J., & Uddin, R. (2006, June), Broadcasting Nuclear Engineering Laboratories Video And Data In Real Time Over The Internet Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--1326

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