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Heat Transfer Virtual Lab for Students and Engineers

Book Description

Laboratory experiments are a vital part of engineering education, which historically were considered impractical for distance learning. This book presents a guide for the practical employment of a heat transfer virtual lab for students and engineers. Inside, the authors have detailed this virtual lab which is designed and can implement a real-time, robust, and scalable software system that provides easy access to lab equipment anytime and anywhere over the Internet. They introduce and explain LabVIEW in easy-to-understand language. LabVIEW is a proprietary software tool by National Instruments, and can be used to develop fairly complex instrumentation systems (measurement and control). Fridman and Mahajan combined Internet capabilities with traditional laboratory exercises to create an ef cient environment to carry out interactive, on line lab experiments. Thus, the virtual lab can be used from a remote location as a part of a distance learning strategy. With this book, you’ll be capable of executing VIs (Virtual Instruments) speci cally developed for the experiment in question, providing you with great ability to control the remote instrument and to receive and present the desired experimental data.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Halftitle
  3. Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Abstract
  6. Contents
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. 1 Introduction
    1. 1.1 History of Distance Learning and Concept of Virtual Lab
    2. 1.2 What Is Virtual Lab?
    3. 1.3 Analysis of the Project Requirements
    4. 1.4 Learning Theory and Its Influence on Role Design
    5. 1.5 System Architecture
    6. 1.6 Model Hierarchy
    7. 1.7 Web User Interface
    8. 1.8 Questions
  9. 2 LabVIEW Basics
    1. 2.1 LabVIEW Introduction
    2. 2.2 G-Language
    3. 2.3 Front Panel
    4. 2.4 Block Diagram
    5. 2.5 LabVIEW Palettes
    6. 2.6 Programming with LabVIEW
    7. 2.7 Programming Structures
    8. 2.8 Data Acquisition with LabVIEW
    9. 2.9 Questions
  10. 3 Hardware: Armfield Heat Exchanger and HT30XC Service Unit
    1. 3.1 Operating HT30XC Using Customer-Generated Software
    2. 3.2 USB Interface Driver Function Calls
    3. 3.3 Labview Data Logger
  11. 4 Design of LabVIEW VI Program
    1. 4.1 Software: Algorithm of the Program
    2. 4.2 Introduction of LabVIEW Controls Used in the Project
    3. 4.3 Design of Front Panel
    4. 4.4 Design of Block Diagram
    5. 4.5 How Were the PID Parameters’ Values Derived for Temperature Control?
    6. 4.6 Questions
  12. 5 Experiments
    1. 5.1 How to Perform an Experiment Using the LabVIEW Interface?
    2. 5.2 How Would a Student Access the Experiment Over the Internet?
    3. 5.3 Experiment Results
  13. 6 Factors Influencing the Virtual Lab
    1. 6.1 Drivers for Programmable Devices
    2. 6.2 Concurrent Requirements for Same Experiment
    3. 6.3 User Authentication
    4. 6.4 Issues Surrounding Live Training
    5. 6.5 System Management and Development
    6. 6.6 Future Developments
  14. 7 Experiment Instructions
    1. 7.1 Instructions for the Shell and Tube Heat Exchanger Experiment
    2. 7.2 Instructions for the PID Control for Heater Experiment
  15. 8 Related Work
  16. Bibliography
  17. About the Authors
  18. Index
  19. Ad page
  20. Backcover