Hands-on laboratory experience via remote control: Jet thrust laboratory

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This paper describes the development of a remote-controlled jet thrust laboratory for illustrating the fundamentals of compressible fluid mechanics as part of an undergraduate mechanical engineering curriculum. The laboratory is the first in a series to be developed jointly by faculty at Rutgers University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne. The sharing of resources significantly reduces the per institution development and maintenance costs, while making available a wide array of 'hands-on' laboratory experiences to students. Problems associated with implementing remote-controlled experiments, including control, visualization, data acquisition, student preparation, client-side compatibility, are discussed and workable solutions presented. Finally evaluation results of the educational outcomes of the remote-controlled laboratory compared against a control group are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10357-10374
Number of pages18
JournalASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2002
Event2002 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Vive L'ingenieur - Montreal, Que., Canada
Duration: Jun 16 2002Jun 19 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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