Created by

Mechanical Engineering Department


Kim Shollenberger


Welcome to the documentation used to describe and conduct eight heat transfer experiments that are located in the Thermal Laboratory in Building 13, Room 203, at Cal Poly State University. All of the experiments are designed to illustrate many of the concepts that are presented in undergraduate thermodynamics and heat transfer classes. The first objective of each lab is to give students hands-on experience with thermal science experiments. This includes working with standard facilities and instrumentation commonly found in thermal science laboratories. The second objective of each lab is to learn how to use experimentally collected data to either validate an analytical model for a range of conditions or to characterize the performance of a thermal system. This includes learning about experimental design and instrument selection concepts needed to achieve the goals of each lab. The third objective is to continue to develop the ability to effectively document experimental results in a laboratory report or technical memorandum.