Title

Portable Experimental Apparatus for Demonstrating Thermodynamics Principles

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-2004

Publication Source

International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education

Volume

32

Issue

3

Inclusive pages

230-231

Publisher

Sage Publications Ltd.

Place of Publication

United Kingdom

ISBN/ISSN

0306-4190

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

A refrigeration system for use as experimental apparatus was designed, developed and constructed. Its purpose was to demonstrate to mechanical engineering undergraduates the basic concepts of thermodynamics, such as the first and second laws. In addition, the apparatus demonstrates a vapor compression refrigeration cycle. This paper presents a set of experiments in which the first and second laws of thermodynamics are employed to determine the heat gained by the refrigerant in the evaporator, the heat rejected from the refrigerant in the condenser, and the isentropic efficiency of the compressor. The objective of these experiments is to help students understand the basic thermodynamics processes by utilizing real-life applications.

Keywords

engineering, air conditioning, thermodynamics, mechanical engineering, apparatus, portable

Disciplines

Engineering

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