College: Modern Education Society’s College of Engineering, Pune, Maharashtra, India
University: Savitribai Phule Pune University
Field of Study: Mechanical Engineering
Academic Year: 2015-16
Project guided by: Prof. V. J. Sonawane & Dr. A.C. Mitra
Acknowledgement: Prof. P.R. Dhamangaonkar, College of Enigneering, Pune
B.E. Mechanical Project 2015-16
Title: Virtual Experimental setup to study parameters affecting performance of pin fin.
Aim & Motivation:
We have seen technological advancements in so many fields of learning like video lectures, overhead projectors in classes, online tests etc. We clearly have alternatives to study written material. But what about practical experiments? What if one wants to perform them at his own leisure time? What if he wants to change a few parameters and see the changes in results? This is where we decided to do this project and make studying practical experiments interesting.
About the project:
The experiment and calculations to determine the efficiency of pin fin and heat transfer rate through pin fin have been programmed in LabVIEW. The reason for selecting this experiment is that it is considered to be the most difficult experiment in heat transfer course for undergraduate students. The reason for this is that the calculations are quite tedious and require around twenty five to thirty minutes for an average student to calculate (for one reading). Also, generally, there is no provision for a student to understand the changes in result if the fin material is changed. So, with an aim to satisfy these needs, we’ve programmed the experiment and added few options like changing the fin material, geometry and dimensions. Well, all of this can now be done within few minutes and can be done by anybody on his personal computer. The interactive options make experiment understanding easier for the student.
Along with heat transfer rate and efficiency, a person will also be able to see Nusselt number, convective heat transfer coefficient and interpolated values from air property chart for every change in temperature and dimensions of fin.
Benefits of Virtual Experimental Set-up: