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Performing Interactively A Thermo Fluids Laboratory Experiment In The Virtual Domain

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Computers in ME

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8.925.1 - 8.925.12



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Sushil Chaturvedi

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Performing Interactively a Thermo-Fluids Laboratory Experiment in the Virtual Domain

S. K. Chaturvedi, A. O. Akan, T. Abdel-Salam and A. Priyadershini College of Engineering and Technology, Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia 23529


This paper deals with the development of an experiment in the virtual domain for the

undergraduate thermo-fluids laboratory in the mechanical engineering program. A physical

experiment titled “Venturimeter as a Flow Measuring Device” is replicated as a computer-based

experiment as part of the ongoing effort at Old Dominion University to develop web-based

laboratories that would provide students hands-on experience in the virtual domain. A web-based

module is developed that allows experimentation and data taking in a virtual setting much like in

the physical experiment. This module incorporating the virtual venturimeter has been used by

students to take data for several flow rates to determine the coefficient of venturimeter as a

function of Reynolds number. The proposed virtual module will provide impetus for development

of virtual engineering laboratories which in turn may make it possible offering of web-based

undergraduate engineering programs at Old Dominion University.


Rapid developments in computer, communication, and internet technologies have opened

new pathways to information and knowledge. Virtual classrooms, televised and online courses,

video-help sessions, virtual-collaborative learning environments, e-campus, and virtual labs have

become the buzzwords of academia. These emerging learning tools have provided a wide array of

Chaturvedi, S. (2003, June), Performing Interactively A Thermo Fluids Laboratory Experiment In The Virtual Domain Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11744

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