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Physical Experiments

Experiments may be classified three ways: those that test fundamental questions, experiments that answer less “open-ended” questions, and experiments that are performed for the function of testing or instruction.

Fundamental experiments answer clearly defined and specific questions. For example, does the momentum equation provide an adequate theoretical basis for analyzing the performance of a free jet of air? Experiments that address less “open-ended” questions are conducted when there is still a need to consider a number of other questions before one can start work in the laboratory. Experiments for testing and instruction are conducted for testing the accuracy of the instruments, facilities, or products; conceptual illustration; and processes of engineering systems respectively.

The last category of experiments is of interest herein. The purpose of the introduction is to briefly review various aspects of the experimental methods, instrumentation, and laboratory practice that must be considered by a student first attending a fluid laboratory. All handouts and information regarding uncertainty analysis for the physical experiments to be carried out in the laboratory are available for download.

Many of the documents linked to this page use the Adobe(R) PDF file format. Please download the latest  order to view them. To locate the site of the experiments, please use the VirtualTour.

  • Introduction
  • Handouts
  • Uncertainty Analysis
  • Reports
  • TAs’ Instructions
  • Instructor’s Page

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