MET 365, Fluid Mechanics I

Department of Mechanical Engineering

College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture

Module 1

Classical Experiments (weeks 1-4) familiarize students with the lab facilities and measurement equipment. Working in teams, students are provided with a conventional set-up and procedure to be followed by data acquisition, analysis and a written report. Often this is the first time students must adhere to a technical documentation standard (e.g. American Society of Mechanical Engineers).

Module 2

Jigsaw Experiments (weeks 5-8) are transitional exercises that contain some design components. The Jigsaw has defined objectives; however, some instructions are intentionally left out leaving student teams to synthesize the set up and data collection to successfully acquire relevant and meaningful data. Although the experimental goal is given, the task of filling in the missing pieces is the challenge. A properly designed jigsaw is carefully crafted so students can complete the work in the time available, usually two weeks. For many students, this is their first experience where completing an experimental set up must be done before the experiment can be performed.

Module 3

Design of an Experiment (weeks 9-14) is the culminating experience in which teams of students identify, design and perform a relevant experiment of their choosing. Each team proposes, plans and executes the DoE within a limited budget and timeframe. In an end-of-the-semester event, formal oral presentations are given to a group of judges consisting of alumni, faculty and industry representatives.


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