Are you looking for the “right stuff” for your lab? With our systems, your students will have more fun learning than you could have expected. What are you interested in?
What could be more dramatic than having your students throttle up a live jet engine system? You will definitely have their undivided attention. Our MiniLabTM Gas Turbine Power System will inspire your students to get into the study of the Brayton Power Cycle. The on-board National Instruments Data Acquisition System and LabView Generated Custom Virtual Instrument panel allow students to monitor all aspects of the system in real time while being able to analyze the runs in detail later on.
It doesn’t end there. MiniLabTM can be used for bio-diesel fuels research. It can team up with our SprayViewTM Fuel Atomization Verification System to pre-test fuel formulations to determine if they will actually atomize correctly in the engine (this can reduce potential fuel-related problems and speed up testing). This is a tremendous hands-on learning opportunity.
Jet Engine Electric Power?
If you want to get into power generation systems, the TurboGenTM Gas Turbine Electrical Generation System is for you.
The same MiniLabTM Power System now drives a 2 kW electric generator. Students can cover a number of bases, including the Brayton Cycle, Electric Power Generation and conversion efficiency. Fuels research takes a giant step forward as the unit allows a direct performance comparison of electrical power production on various bio-diesel blends. It is also equipped with a comprehensive DAQ system and custom VI, just like the MiniLabTM. SprayViewTM is also an excellent accessory for this system.
Fluid Pumping and Process Control?
Do Aero engineers get involved with pumping? Of course they do! Our FluidMechatronixTM gives students a hands-on primer on centrifugal pumping and its applications. What happens to any engine (rocket, jet, piston) if the fuel pump starts to cavitate? With FluidMechatronixTM, you and your students can witness this with your own eyes. And with the on-board process logic controller and touch screen human machine interface (HMI) Control Panel, students can actually observe and report on how bad performance takes a hit as cavitation grows. Do students know how pumps can automatically respond to feedback information?
With FluidMechatronixTM, programmable Pressure and Flow feedback loops provide an excellent understanding of how this process works. Your students will have hours of challenging fun trying difference scenarios with this system.
You’re into aero structures? Our TrueStructuresTM Strain Analysis System gives your students an excellent progression of primary aero structures that teach the fundamentals of strain in a systematic way. Individual I-beam, tube and airfoil structures are fitted with strategic strain gauges. Students load each structure and record strain values at each strain station. Analysis is then done to determine how much strain each component is subject to for different loading scenarios. The system may look simplistic, but rest assured, it will provide an exciting and challenging environment for learning a fairly complex topic.
Did we save the best for last? Could be! If you’re into alternative energy, our WindLabTM Wind Turbine Electrical Generation System will blow you away (pun definitely intended). We’ve designed a lab scale wind turbine that comes equipped with its own programmable wind. That’s right; you program your wind conditions. That wind powers a 1 meter sized, three-phase electric generation wind turbine. You have to see the unit to believe it. The wind turbine sports replaceable airfoils in a ground adjustable hub. You can even design your own blades and test them against the ones that came with the unit (see if the ones we designed are any good). Ever see a planetary drive system? WindLab has one! Maybe your students aren’t all that interested in the electric power generated, but it still goes to show that aero engineers are a big factor in making wind generation work! If nothing else, you and your students will rival the jet engine guys in coolness factor for sure!