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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings|
|State||Published - Dec 1 2003|
|Event||2003 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Staying in Tune with Engineering Education - Nashville, TN, United States|
Duration: Jun 22 2003 → Jun 25 2003
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes