Development of a teaching tool: The Texaco Energy Systems Laboratory at Penn State

Horacio Perez-Blanco, Bor Bin Tsai

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    The importance of developing improved teaching tools for design of thermal systems has been recognized at Penn State. This paper describes an undergraduate energy systems laboratory to be implemented at the Mechanical Engineering Department, under primary sponsorship from Texaco, NSF and internal matching funds. This lab will be implemented by judicious selection of test stands allowing the students to experiment with actual machines. Three test stands have been procured in order to allow the students to exercise and reinforce the theoretical knowledge acquired in the thermal courses, and to appreciate the comprehensive nature of design activities. We plan to have an IC engine, a steam Rankine cycle and a refrigeration system. Other issues illustrating the integrating nature of the design activity, such as considerations of vibration, noise, fatigue, material selection and environmental compliance will also be addressed as the Lab develops.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)450-453
    Number of pages4
    JournalProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference
    StatePublished - Dec 1 1997
    EventProceedings of the 1997 27th Annual Conference on Frontiers in Education. Part 1 (of 3) - Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    Duration: Nov 5 1997Nov 8 1997

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Software
    • Education
    • Computer Science Applications


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