Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Publication Date

2003

Publisher

Tempus Publications

Source Publication

International Journal of Engineering Education

Source ISSN

0949-149X

Abstract

A simple experiment, well suited for an undergraduate course in mechatronics, is described in which thermal time-constant information is extracted from a heater-blower table-top system. In the experiment, a thermistor measures the temperature of a resistive-heater that is cooled by a blower and a microcontroller is used for data acquisition. The student is asked to determine the thermal time response, and in particular the thermal time-constant of the system, for different blower speeds. The experiment prompts questions about modeling a thermal system, and exposes the student to basic concepts of mechatronics including measurement and data analysis.

Comments

Published version. International Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 19, No. 4 (2003): 603-609. Permalink. © 2003 Tempus Publications. Used with permisson.

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