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Laboratory Remote Operation: Features And Opportunities

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.673.1 - 6.673.3

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Jim Henry

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Session 2213

Laboratory Remote Operation: Features and Opportunities

Jim Henry University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Abstract A number of laboratory experiments have been made available for remote operation via the Internet. These include some of the standard unit operations and controls systems laboratory stations. This paper looks at the features (or positive aspects or benefits or advantages) of these developments and the opportunities (or negative aspects or costs or disadvantages) of these developments. The paper presents and discusses both the student’s viewpoints and the instructor’s viewpoints.

Remote Operation of Laboratory Experiments

Various experiments have been remotely at UTC since 1995. These are accessible on the Web at The scheme for this is shown in Figure 1. In most of the systems, the remote students user can access the experimental system with a conventional web browser. The Web site has "forms" that ask for parameters for the experiment to be run. When the user clicks on the "Run Experiment" button, the information is sent to the lab station via the internet. The lab station (on a first-come, first-served basis) runs the experiment and returns the results in graphical and tabular format to the user. Figure 1. Diagram of internet connectivity to lab The lab stations are connected to the experiments Internet and available for users 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The stations available include six stations for system dynamics and controls labs and five for unit operations labs.

Experimental Setups

The system dynamics and controls experiments include a shell-and-tube heat exchanger, a pump and tank system, a motor-generator set, a blower and duct system and a pump and piping

Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition Copyright 2001, American Society for Engineering Education

Henry, J. (2001, June), Laboratory Remote Operation: Features And Opportunities Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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