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Development of a Modularized Architecture for Remote-access Laboratories Abstract for a Full PaperConducting hands-on experiments in undergraduate laboratory courses with large studentenrollment imposes significant strains on the fiscal, spatial and personnel resources of theeducational institutions. In response to the need for developing laboratory resources that providea practical experience to large engineering classes, remotely shared experimental facilities haveemerged as one innovative solution for educational laboratories with reduced resource needs.Recent research showed that a significant number of remotely-accessible experiments have beendeployed globally across many of the major engineering disciplines around the world. Severalsoftware architectures and technologies for remote laboratories have been proposed andimplemented over the last years. Organizations usually choose and adopt one solution based ontheir needs, previous experience, available software and software development tools as well ason the skills and expertise of the developers. Each solution has its advantages and disadvantages.In this context, there is an increasing need for a unified method for developing and presentingsuch remote-access laboratory resources in order to allow potential users to easily and efficientlyuse them.The aim of this paper is to develop a modularized and scalable system architecture for remoteexperimentation, which enables the interaction of multiple users with a network of spatiallydistributed experimental devices. Furthermore, the paper will describe an increase in thefunctionality available in the current version of the remote-access laboratory to enable studentsto run a wide range of experiments on this platform. As an example, the implementation andsome experimental results for a remotely accessible a wind tunnel will be presented, includingdetailed descriptions of the techniques employed for linking the different functional modulesimplemented as LabVIEW scripts to a laboratory webpage. The modularized remote laboratorysystem was designed based on a client-server structure. The wind tunnel setup enables thestudents to explore various fluid flow phenomena, such as the external air flow around an airfoiland a golf ball.
Aziz, E., & Wang, Z., & Esche, S. K., & Chassapis, C. (2011, June), Development of a Modularized Architecture for Remote-Access Laboratories Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/17756
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