Date of Award

5-2020

Degree Type

Report

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Committee

Tadd Truscott

Committee

Barton Smith

Committee

Ryan Berke

Abstract

To help students become better acquainted with high-speed instrumentation and measurement techniques, a high-speed imaging laboratory for the College of Engineering is equipped with a high-speed camera and schlieren imaging device. The laboratory will be used for labs in classes, such as Instrumentation, Thermal/Fluids Lab, Experimental Solids, and Mechanical Experiments. In addition, graduate students will use it for research purposes. The laboratory also has the potential to have a course associated with it that would include the image processing techniques for a variety of applications (e.g., a course on high-speed imaging). The scope of this project will be to create a training/orientation course for the laboratory and equipment, develop experiments and course work for the Thermal/Fluids Lab course, and to help design a storage area into a workable lab space. The goal of the experiments is to expand the exposure of thermal/fluids phenomena as well as introduce modern measurement techniques. The experiments designed will be built off previous successful experiments. All results of the experiments should match the literature cited. With this new lab it will be used as a recruiting tool as well as a resource for funding from donors and bringing in more research opportunities to Utah State University. The laboratory will be setup in such a way that its use can be expanded to meet the needs of the department, faculty, and students.

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