Fluid mechanics: teaching and learning based on an interactive artificial turbulence generator chamber with adaptive optics

Antonio Jurado-Navas, José M. Garrido Balsells, Alberto Calleja, Rosa Munoz-Luna, Miguel Castillo-Vazquez, Antonio Puerta Notario

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Abstract

An optical atmospheric turbulence generator chamber (80×60 cm) consisting of a 2 kW electric heater, two blowers and a homogenizing mesh inside an aluminium box is proposed to generate homogeneous isotropic turbulence. With the aid of an external module, we can monitor both the temperature of the hot air flow in addition to the intensity of the velocity of the air flows. The wide range of velocities and temperature values that can be selected permit users to reproduce almost any real turbulence regime. Although the first consideration of this device is technical due to the fact that it allows obtaining the performance of any real atmospheric link, nevertheless, an academic purpose was discovered for the atmospheric turbulence generator proposed in this paper. Hence, it has been extensively used in an interactive manner and with a high degree of success in the practical sessions of a course focused on fluid mechanics, which is imparted at the University of Málaga.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Materials Education
Volume36
Issue number5-6
Pages (from-to)145-160
ISSN0738-7989
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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