Flow Imaging and Control Laboratory

National Science Foundation
Instrumentation for Laboratory Improvement Program
Leadership In Laboratory Development Grant

Using the tunnel as an initial focal point, a new kind of fluid dynamics /flow control curriculum is being built for the future: one where the involvement, comprehension rate and confidence level of the learner are enhanced using interactive image-based problem-solving. Experiments have been developed by undergraduates, with help from graduate researchers. New courses in diagnostics and flow control enable students to use research instrumentation. The NSF funded instrumentation for this project, and also an "LLD" grant for its development, one of two granted in engineering in 1992 . A CD-based interactive course on Aerodynamics titled "AeroCD" has been developed by Prof. Komerath and a team of undergraduates. The results from this project are being used in continually improving the curriculum. Please see our Undergraduate Lab Page.

Related Publications:

"Image Processing in the Fluid Dynamics Laboratory". AIAA Paper 92-4020, July 1992.

"Experimental Curriculum in Diagnostics and Control of Unsteady Flows".AIAA 94-0850, Jan. 94.

"Flow Imaging and Control Laboratory: An Experiment in Iterative Learning". Annual Conference Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education, June 1994, Vol. 1, p. 737-743.

"Progress Towards Iterative Learning". Annual Conference Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education, Session 3536, paper No. 2, June 1995.

"Experimental Curriculum in Diagnostics and Control of Unsteady Flows". To appear in the ASEE Journal of Engineering Education, June 1996.

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