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ME 415 Mechanical Engineering Lab II

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Catalog Description

ME 415 Mechanical Engineering Lab II (1). Prerequisite: ME 315. Continuation of ME 315. Experiments in fluid flow, heat transfer, rotational vibration, acoustics, internal combustion engines, whole field stress analysis, and HVAC systems.

Prerequisites by Topic

  1. Dynamics
  2. Fluid mechanics
  3. Mechanical measurements


W.P. Hnat (course coordinator), ME 315 Laboratory Manual, 2009.


J.P. Holman, Experimental Methods for Engineers, 7th edition, McGraw Hill, 2001.


W.P. Hnat, Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Course Learning Outcomes

Evaluation of mechanical and thermal systems using modern instrumentation. Emphasis is placed on proper statistical design of experiment and system design evaluation. Written presentations are required of each student.

Topics Covered

  1. Fluid flow measurements (orifice) (2 classes)
  2. Pump performance (centrifugal pump) (2 classes)
  3. Mechanics (2 classes)
  4. HVAC (2 classes)
  5. Stress-strain measurements (strain gage) (2 classes)
  6. Sound measurements (2 classes)
  7. Heat transfer (conduction) (2 classes)

Class/Laboratory Schedule

One 110 minute session each week, devoted to experimentation and communication skills.

Laboratory Projects

Same as topics covered.

Computer Use

Reports are written using word processing software and spreadsheets.


The grading scale is based on six reports each worth 100 points, with 550-600 = A, 500-549 = B, 450-499 = C, 400-449 = D, 350-399 = F.

Curriculum Criterion Contribution

Engineering science: 1 credit.

Relationship to Program Outcomes

This course supports Mechanical Engineering Department B.Sc. program objectives by developing:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to function effectively on teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate and solve problems in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern tools necessary for the practice of mechanical engineering.

Prepared by W.P. Hnat, June 2009

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