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Virtual Instrumentation and Virtual Experimentation

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Ahmad Fakheri, Wael Abou-Zaid, Jeries Abou-Hanna

Bradley University

Paper No. IMECE2006-14501, pp. 113-119; 7 pages
  • ASME 2006 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Innovations in Engineering Education: Mechanical Engineering Education, Mechanical Engineering Technology Department Heads
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA, November 5 – 10, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Mechanical Engineering Education, Mechanical Engineering Technology Department Heads
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4781-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-3790-4
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


A Virtual Instrument (VI) that is developed to acquire and analyze data from a physical system can be disconnected from the system and modified into a Virtual Experiment (VE). This can be achieved by replacing the input to the sensors with values that are arrived at by modeling the system. To be able to develop virtual experiments in thermodynamics, fluids or heat transfer, VIs are needed for the determination of thermodynamic and transport properties of different substances. The code REFPROP by NIST is used to develop the needed VIs for determining the thermodynamic and transport properties. The enhancement of the experimentation with virtual experiments is developed for an experimentation course where students perform experiments virtually and then make the transition to the actual lab and conduct experiments that mirror the virtual one.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME



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