Development of pump and pipe flow laboratory: The process of designing and building an undergraduate laboratory class for application in subjects related to Fluid Mechanics

Kristy Hansen, Alex Geary, Tobias Nitschke

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Abstract

This text describes the development of a cost effective pump laboratory apparatus, built from readily available materials and capable of demonstrating some important and fundamental principles in Fluid Mechanics. A logical format is adhered to, which follows the various stages of the design process. Two systems are discussed, including one which consists of a pump with interchangeable impellers and other essential elements in the circuit for generating pump curves. The second system incorporates two separate pumps with pipe networks that enable them to be switched between series and parallel operation. Different methods for measuring the flow rate and various pressure drops have been incorporated into the systems, including: Venturi flow meters, a rotameter, pressure tappings and U-tube manometers. This book is ideal for any academics and/or students who are interested in designing a cost-effective undergraduate laboratory class that can demonstrate important concepts related to pumps and internal flows. It is also a very useful resource for any reader who is interested in developing a system of pipe-work incorporating pumps and/or various measurement devices.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSaarbrucken
PublisherVDM Verlag Dr. Müller
Number of pages112
ISBN (Print) 978-3639178906
Publication statusPublished - 19 Aug 2009

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