Thermodynamics (MECH 240 Thermodynamics 1)
Efficiency is a word that is often bandied about carelessly leading to ambiguity and meaningless assertions. So then, what is really meant by efficiency? How does one decide what is efficiency? What is efficiency measuring? As will be discovered in the four labs that follow, efficiency is really a catch-all term for a variety of parameters that measure a system's performance. Thus, there are many types of efficiencies, each one having its own significance. How they are applied, calculated, and interpreted is of the utmost importance to any mechanical engineer.
* Two-Stage Piston Air Compressor
* Measuring the operating characteristics of a two-stage compressor as the output supply pressure is varied. corrected
* Calculating the compressor efficiency by measuring the power input and various states of air throughout the compressor cycle.
* Small Gas Turbine Demonstration Unit
* To demonstrate the principles of operation of a two-shaft gas turbine
* To perform comprehensive investigations into two shaft gas turbine performance
* Stirling Engine Power Production Unit
* Understanding the thermodynamic principles responsible for power conversion with a Stirling engine
* Evaluating system losses and inefficiencies associated with a real cycle
* Evaluating system efficiency and performance