Activities around the SR-30 minilab at PSU

Horacio Perez-Blanco

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    The installation and operational experience with the SR-30 minilab is described. The minilab is part of an Energy Systems Lab, where students can operate a number of small thermal/vibration demonstrators systems. The SR-30 is an excellent point-demonstrator of the unique capabilities of turbomachines. The turbine installation required some non-permanent building modifications, which are briefly described. The operation has been smooth, except that a fuel leak led to a change in fuel supplier. Whereas well-instrumented systems are necessary for experimental analysis, it was found that student interest and motivation ensue from format-free discussions around design and functional aspects of gas turbines. Hence, along with student-calculated parameters for the SR-30, a brief description of activities leading to free-flowing technical discourse is included. Our experience accommodates the qualitative conclusion that the SR-30 clearly enhances the teaching of gas turbines and thermodynamics.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)9235-9245
    Number of pages11
    JournalASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
    StatePublished - Dec 1 2003
    Event2003 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Staying in Tune with Engineering Education - Nashville, TN, United States
    Duration: Jun 22 2003Jun 25 2003

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • General Engineering


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