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Procurement of Undergraduate Transient Heat Transfer Lab Experiment at No Budget

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Experimentation and Laboratory-oriented Studies Division Technical Session 5

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Nihad Dukhan University of Detroit Mercy

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Nihad Dukhan is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Detroit Mercy, where he teaches courses in heat transfer, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and energy systems. His ongoing research interests include advance cooling technologies for high-power devices, with focus on metal foam as the cooling core, service learning and other engineering education pedagogies. He is a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a Fulbright scholar. His publications record includes over 130 referred papers. Dr. Dukhan earned his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo. He is a Fellow of ASME and a Fulbright Scholar.

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Mechanical engineering professors teaching lab courses often face the challenge of running meaningful experiments, when funding to purchase such experiments is meager or nonexistent. Heat transfer lab is no exception. This paper describes how an experimental set-up targeting transient heat transfer is fabricated in order to teach the lump system analysis method. The experiment was designed to meet the requirements for the lumped system assumption to be valid and to be conducted in relatively short time (about 20 minutes) so that multiple groups of students can run it within the allocated lab time period. This paper includes details of the construction of the experiment and an instructions sheet as well as the minor equipment needed for the experiment. The analysis requirement of the data collected by students is also given. Also provided is a typical actual data set obtained by running the experiment. As importantly, the paper also reports on an assessment of students’ learning and satisfaction with the experiment. Students evaluated the experiment in various aspects including its ability to target and be linked to theory of thermal lumped systems covered in the heat transfer course, the time to run the experiment and whether the experiment can make them to remember lumped systems in the future. From the answers of students, the experiment is deemed very valuable in all of the above areas and students were very satisfied with it, and they felt it was a good tool to learn the concepts involved. The experiment can be constructed easily and hopefully can help mechanical engineering professor struggling with limited funds and with finding hands-on ways for teaching heat transfer concepts.

Dukhan, N. (2020, June), Procurement of Undergraduate Transient Heat Transfer Lab Experiment at No Budget Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35088

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