Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Thermal Sciences


Administered by Information Technology Group

The Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) Laboratory is a resource shared by a number of Programs within the College of Engineering at Florida Tech. The Information Technology Group administers the Laboratory. It is comprised of thirty-two NT Workstations arranged in clusters of four workstations each. There are two instructor stations, two electronic white-boards and two projection screens. The clusters are ideally suited for in-class cooperative learning projects and student team interaction. The lab can be partitioned into two rooms with sixteen workstations (four clusters) each when necessary to accommodate smaller classes. The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Programs make extensive use of the Laboratory. Courses utilizing this laboratory include the following: (1) Introduction to Mechanical Engineering 1 and 2; (2) Solids Modeling and 3-D Mechanical Design Principles; (3) Computer-Aided Engineering; (4) Mechanical Engineering Design 1 and 2; (5) Aerospace Practicum; (6) Aerospace Fundamentals; (7) Aerospace Engineering 1 and 2. There are other elective MAE courses that also utilize the CAE Laboratory, e.g., Mechatronics, Instrumentation Systems.


Laboratory Co-coordinator: Dr. Kunal Mitra, Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Graduate Assistants:

Mr. Arunrach Sawetprawichkul
Mr. Lu Xiaodong
Mr. Anil A. Ogale
Mr. Arindam Banerjee
Mr. Kothandaraman Jay

Some examples of laboratory experiments:

Experiment: Free Convection Heat Transfer

Goals: To familiarize students with the dimensionless parameters governing free convection and to illustrate experimental techniques for determining free convection heat transfer correlations. In addition the student is also introduced to computerized data acquisition using Labview (National Instruments) and processing procedures.


Experiment: Solar Collector Measurements

Goals: To measure the efficiency of the solar collector under varying flow rates, angle of inclination, and inlet water temperatures. In addition the student is also introduced to computerized data acquisition and processing procedures.


Experiment: Transmittance Measurement of Glass Plates

Goals: To measure the transmittance of a laser beam through glass plates of different thickness and of different materials. By measuring the intensities of a Helium-Neon laser beam (632.8nm) with and without the plate in the beam path, the overall transmittance of the plate is recorded as the ratio of the two intensities. The measured refractive indices and absorption coefficients are compared with the published values.


Experiment: Combustion within Porous Ceramics

This is a clean combustion technique using the porous ceramics for burner construction.  The combustion of the gaseous fuel and air mixture occurs inside the solid matrix.  Such combustion processes have received much attention in recent years from industry and academia in several nations.

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