Thermodynamics Laboratory


Thermodynamics Laboratory

heat exchange

Heat exchange experiment unit

force convection

Free and forced convection experiment unit

radiant transfer

Radiant transfer experiment unit




Vo Quoc Thang, PhD

Equipment list

The Heat Engineering Laboratory is equipped with:

-          Heat exchange experiment unit: concentric tube heat exchanger and plate heat exchanger.

-          Free and forced convection experiment unit.

-          Radiant transfer experiment unit.

More infos

The Thermodynamics Laboratory was founded in 2013 with modern experiment units imported from TecQuipment (UK):

-          Heat exchange experiment unit: It provides hot and cold water to the heat exchangers (concentric tube heat exchanger and plate heat exchanger). All fluid connections to the optional heat exchangers are self-sealing quick connectors – for safety and simplicity. The hot and cold fluid streams have different connectors to reduce errors. The hot water system gives stable flow rates and temperatures. The services module’s cold water circuit has a flow regulator and connection for an external mains water supply. Both the cold and hot water system have precision needle valves and turbine flow meters to control and measure the flow rates. Thermocouples at the connectors measure hot and cold inlet and outlet fluid stream temperatures.

-          Free and forced convection experiment unit: it includes a vertical duct that holds the chosen heat transfer surface (flat plate, pinned surface, finned surface) and all instruments needed. Each surface has its own built-in variable-power electric heater. For free convection tests, the heated air rises from the surface and up the duct. For forced convection tests, a variable-speed fan draws air up through the duct and across the surface. Thermocouples measure the air temperature upstream and downstream of the surface and the temperature at the heat transfer surface. 

-          Radiant transfer experiment unit: It has two parts; an aluminium Experiment Frame and a Control Box. The frame holds all the experiment parts and allows the user to slide the parts along easily for experiments of transfer over distances. The Control Box contains the electrical controls and displays of the measured readings.
The user fits different parts to the frame to measure the radiant transfer from light and heat sources.