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Web Operation Of Real, Physical, Engineering Laboratory Experiments World Wide Resource Center

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.600.1 - 4.600.10

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Jim Henry

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Session 1526


Jim Henry University of Tennessee at Chattanooga


Engineering laboratory experiments have been made available for students to use via the World Wide Web, from remote sites, anywhere in the world. This paper describes the hardware and software that is used for this facility, describes the development of a resource center for engineering laboratories on the web and discusses new paradigms for engineering laboratory experimentation that have been observed in this development.

There are three strong points of this ability to use laboratories via the Web. These are (1) sharing the use of laboratory resources among universities, including "virtual" universities, (2) providing additional opportunities for students to conduct experiments and (3) providing learning opportunities for students with scheduling conflicts

A Web site ( ) has been established to facilitate the exchange of resources among engineering laboratories throughout the world. This site is devoted to linking any and all laboratory resources that are available on the Web.

Many of the conventional challenges of "distance education" still apply to laboratory instruction being conducted remotely. The Web is being used to implement "distance engineering" with world-wide engineering projects. It is necessary to develop the connections in the web-connected students to comprise an effective "learning community."


In the first section, the techniques and practices of utilizing equipment at a distance will be described. In the second section, the Web-based Resource Center for Engineering Laboratories will be described. In the third section, the challenges in interaction among students and faculty will be discussed.

1. "Distance Experiments"

A total of 15 different stations for controls systems, chemical engineering unit operations and environmental engineering experiments are available at UTC. The controls stations are pressure, level, temperature, speed, position, flow and voltage control1,3. The chemical and environmental engineering stations are heat exchange, dehumidification, drying oven, packed

Henry, J. (1999, June), Web Operation Of Real, Physical, Engineering Laboratory Experiments World Wide Resource Center Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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