Mechanical Engineering Department
BS in Mechanical Engineering
This report describes the development of a prototype lab experiment intended to introduce mechanical engineering students at California Polytechnic State University to concepts in the realms of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer. These topics have been neglected in the introduction class for multiple reasons, but the instructing group feels it is possible to integrate a lab into the class demonstrating basic concepts from these subjects. The proposed prototype is a self-sufficient energy generating and transfer mechanism. Unfortunately, the primary project goals of being producible on-campus and for under a specified $500 per unit were not obtained with the included proposed design. Recommendations for future development, therefore, are also included.