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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Fluid Mechanics Lab

Page address: http://cset.mnsu.edu/mece/me/facilities/fml.html

Fluid Mechanics LabFluid Mechanics Lab

Pressure Measurement Bench

Students will become acquainted with techniques for the measurement of pressure, including the basic pressure-height relation. A dead weight tester will be used for gage calibration and to examine linearity and hysteresis effects.

Flow Rate Measurement Apparatus

Students will become familiar with techniques used in the measurement of fluid flow rate. Proper calibration of a rotameter and the calculations necessary for a Venturi, flow nozzle, and orifice plate will be determined.

Hydrostatic Force on a Submerged Body Bench

Students will determine the effect of hydrostatic forces acting on submerged surfaces. The hydrostatic force and center of pressure will be experimentally determined and compared to theory.

Fluid Momentum Experimental Bench

Students will become familiar with the measurement of forces developed by fluids in motion. The force produced by a water jet striking a stationary vane will be determined and compared to predictions from fluid mechanics theory.

Head Loss in Piping Systems Apparatus

Student will become familiar with the measurement of head loss in piping systems. The friction factor for various pipes and the loss coefficients for fittings and valves will be determined .

Centrifugal Fan Apparatus

Students will study the performance of a centrifugal fan. They will become acquainted with fan characteristics such as specific speed and industry standards for performance characterization.

Centrifugal Pump Apparatus

Students will study the performance of a centrifugal Pump. They will become acquainted with pump characteristics such as head, net positive suction head, and brake horsepower, and how they change with flow rate.

Drag and Lift Measurement Using the Wind Tunnel Lab

Students will acquire experience with wind tunnel testing. Drag coefficients for several objects will be experimentally determined and compared to the tabulated values. Students will investigate the effects of angle of attack on lift and drag coefficients for a NACA airfoil and determine the angle for airfoil stalling.