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Thermal and Fluid Systems Lab

Lab Tools & Equipment

The Thermal and Fluid System lab provides our students with teaching aids and equipment that demonstrates the principles of fluid and thermal dynamics. The lab is also home to HVAC (heating ventilation and air conditioning) training aids, student projects, and green building diagnostic tools.

The lab's building diagnostic tools include the Minneapolis Blower Door System™ and a FLIR IR camera.

Students can experiment with thermodynamic principles, fluid circulation efficiency, and systems designed for solar applications. Students taking REE 439, Building Energy Auditing and Management, will use these tools evaluate thermal and electric loads of buildings and investigate facility processes. Building systems including lighting, hot water, HVAC and central plant systems, industrial refrigeration and motors are considered for redesign to improve efficiency.

Green Building Projects

The reconstruction of the Air Handler, SARAH, and VOPAC (Variable Off Peak Air Conditioner) will be performed by students for senior project credit or during REE 307, Engineering Design Projects.

This lab offers the opportunity for students to learn energy use management through instrument and controls. Students will experience energy auditing, renewable systems economic analysis, and maintenance strategies for reducing energy use.

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