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Fluid Mechanics & Heat Transfer Laboratory
At Fluid Mechanics Laboratory students learn about the following:
1.  Analyses and evaluation of experimental data,
2. Comparison between theoretical models and experimental data, and
3. How to design a fluid mechanical and heat transfer system e.g. a piping system considering various technical aspects, heat exchanger, thermal energy storage, receiver, wind catcher, volumetric air receiver.
In addition to the above, this laboratory aims at generating innovative ideas in students by promoting the design of experiments and small scale projects. At present in the fluid mechanics laboratory are conducted experiments on losses in pipes (smooth/rough) and fittings (e.g. valves, bends), comparison between different flow meters, particle image velocimetry technique, Hot-wire anemometer, labscale sub-sonic wind tunnel for- pressure distribution around a cylinder/air-foil, lift and drag balance, boundary layer development, weather monitoring. Furthermore the lab provides training on standard software, such as, CFAST for fire simulation.
Currently the Heat Transfer Laboratory is equipped with the demonstration of various thermometry techniques, heat exchange system, ventilation system, Natural and forced convection system, heat conduction unit for different materials, lab and industrial-scale solar water heater system, and thermal radiation unit. All these equipment are installed with respective software.
For testing, calibration and research purpose in these laboratories, various equipment such as Laser Doppler Velocimeter with Particle Analyzer, pressure and temperature calibration, blower with variable flow, pressure transducers, differential pressure transducers, turbine test rig, turbo-machine test rig, IC engine test rig etc., have been procured.
Moreover, multi-purpose test set up is being indigenously designed and the components / sub-systems involved are being fabricated locally. This system aims at investigation and evaluation of solar thermal sub-systems such as volumetric air receiver, thermal energy storage, air-water heat exchange systems and their simultaneous operation. Devices such as earth air heat exchange system, wind catcher, and air-cooled heat exchange systems are being fabricated and tested for certain applications.