New laboratory equipment for fluid dynamics teaching

Investment in new equipment is to enhance the teaching of fluid dynamics starting in the upcoming academic year.
New laboratory equipment for fluid dynamics teaching

New experimental setup for the fluid dynamics laboratory

The Department has taken delivery of six new sets of self-contained fluid dynamics experimental setups. These will allow students to investigate two fundamental engineering principles: Bernoulli’s theorem and the force caused by the impact of a jet of fluid on a hard surface.

The equipment replaces hardware that has given many years of valuable service providing thousands of students valuable hands-on experience of the these vital engineering concepts. The new equipment still covers these essential fundamental principles, but is more modern, self-contained and will require less maintenance.

Paul Williams, Experimental Officer in the Aerospace and Computational Engineering group, has led the specification and commissioning of the equipment and is preparing the learning materials and supporting software ready for the arrival of our new students in the new academic year.

Whilst computational methods are increasingly important in modern Engineering, the Department strongly believes there is no substitute for hands-on experimental practice. This investment forms part of an ongoing programme of updating our facilities to support our students’ learning.

The pictures below show some of the new fluid dynamics laboratory infrastructure.

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