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MAEThermo-Fluids Laboratory

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Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department Faculty

Directed by Dr. Sushil Chaturvedi

The Thermo-Fluids Laboratory provides knowledge about various aspects of fluid and thermal measurement techniques. It has a variety of equipment making quantitative as well as qualitative measurement of fluid flow properties with the emphasis on application of commonly used software such as LabView for data acquisition and analysis.


Safety Rules and Guidelines

  1. Food and drinks are strictly prohibited.
  2. Safety glasses must be worn when instructed.
  3. No open toed shoes, jewelry, or loose clothing may be worn inside the lab. Long hair must be tied into a bun and covered with a hair net if any machinery is operated.
  4. Please maintain a tidy workspace and clean the machines after use.
  5. Report any damaged equipment, leaks, or malfunctions to the lab coordinator.
  6. Students should not leave the experiment area or their group during an experiment without permission.
  7. Precautions must be taken to avoid the spilling of water or oil. Report any spillage to the instructor or graduate teaching assistant (GTA).
  8. Students are prohibited from leaving the laboratory after an experiment until all equipment and instrumentation involved is properly shut down, cleaned, and/or put away.
  9. Earplugs must be worn during the wind tunnel and Pitot-tube experiments. Ear plugs will be provided at the beginning of these experiments.
  10. All injuries must be promptly reported to the Instructor or graduate teaching assistant (GTA).
  11. ODU Lab Safety Rules, MSDS forms, and Accident Report forms can be found in the laboratory documents
    binder or online.
  12. A First Aid Kit is located inside the lab. When needed, please utilize the kit and immediately contact lab coordinator Praveen Malali (pmala002@odu.edu).
  13. For serious injuries and emergencies, please call 911 or ODU Campus Police 757-683-4000.
  14. To contact the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Dept. call 757-683-6363.
  15. For questions on safety and training certifictions, please contact Kelvin Colvin at 757-683-4592 or email at kcolvin@odu.edu.

Lab Capabilities:

Instruction in related courses in the thermo-fluids area, projects and graduate research


Lab Facilities:

Wind tunnel, water tunnel, data acquisition systems and measuring instruments for pressure and temperature

Multiple Tubes from One Reservoir Feed Into A Reservoir in this System Multiple Tubes from One Reservoir Feed Into A Reservoir in this System
Distillation System with Valve Distillation System with Valve
Flow Controlling Apparatus with Multiple Valves and Pressure Chamber Flow Controlling Apparatus with Multiple Valves and Pressure Chamber Armfield TH3 Saturation Pressure Apparatus Armfield TH3 Saturation Pressure Apparatus
Small Scale, Open-Circuit Wind TunnelSmall Scale, Open-Circuit Wind Tunnel