Development of Low-Cost Thermal-Fluid Undergraduate Laboratory Exercises Complying with the Washington Accord’s Graduate Attributes
Azam Che Idris1, Mohd Rashdan Saad2, Suriyadi Sojipto3, Mohd Rosdzimin Abdul Rahman4

1Azam Che Idris, Faculty of Engineering, UPNM, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2Mohd Rashdan Saad, Faculty of Engineering, UPNM, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

3Suriyadi Sojipto, Faculty of Engineering, UPNM, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

4Mohd Rosdzimin Abd Rahman, Faculty of Engineering, UPNM, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Manuscript received on 11 December 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 23 December 2019 | Manuscript Published on 31 December 2019 | PP: 690-696 | Volume-8 Issue-12S2 October 2019 | Retrieval Number: L112010812S219/2019©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijitee.L1120.10812S219

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Abstract: Signatories of the Washington Accord has to comply with the accord’s definition of a competent engineering graduate. In Malaysia, the Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC) is empowered to oversee all the engineering degree courses offered by all universities to make sure they conform with the Washington Accord. Our university has decided to revamp some of the laboratory exercises in order to comply with EAC’s requirements. This article reports the thought process of designing new thermal-fluid laboratory exercises that can provide advanced engineering knowledge using investigative scientific process and complex problem analysis. The cost of the laboratory setup was kept at minimum using open-source software that can visualize and measure the density gradient of the flow-field captured by a simple DSLR camera. The students were able to observe complex flow phenomena that stimulated their interest to read further on related engineering research articles. The students achieved well above average on the course and program outcomes that were set for this course.

Keywords: Washington Accord, Thermal-Fluid, Schlieren.
Scope of the Article: Fluid Mechanics