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Can Santa’s reindeer really fly? A question many have asked sometime in their lives. Read on to find out how Milton Keynes College in the UK, proved it could work scientifically.
This blog has been written by guest author Sean Hainsworth, Aeronautical Engineering Lecturer at Milton Keynes College.
As Christmas is nearly upon us, on Wednesday 21st November 2018 my Aeronautical Engineering students and I set out to verify if Santa’s reindeer can scientifically fly. First up, Rudolf was put through a rigorous conditioning exercise the day before, as he was mounted on the lift and drag balance kit on TecQuipment’s AF1300 wind subsonic wind tunnel.
Wednesday morning arrived, with great excitement in the lab. Rudolf was checked and checked again, then the countdown commenced 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1, 0… and the wind tunnel was turned on. The test was underway!
The students rallied around to make adjustments and take readings, and then came the maths.
We established that if you had eight reindeer and accelerated them to 12.96 m/s and put them at an angle of attack of 15 degrees then they would overcome the drag and weight, then create lift.
You read it right, lift = fly (in this case).
So rest easy boys and girls, it is mathematically sound and scientifically proven that Santa’s reindeer do fly.
Paige D. (U of Calgary Chemist) was excited to expand her state of the art unit operations laboratories which already include a Pignat Spray Dryer, as well as a Reverse Osmosis System and an Adsorption Trainer.
Originally published on TQ’s website – https://www.tecquipment.com/case-studies/open-channel-flow-equipment-at-the-university-of-derby
Reliability, expansive functionality, customer service and competitive price were the main reasons why the University of Derby chose to invest in a sizeable piece of fluid mechanics equipment from TecQuipment.
With the completion of the University of Derby’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) centre, the academic team were very keen on expanding their fluid mechanics and hydraulics capabilities. They turned to the engineering education equipment market to source a large flow channel that would be accurate, provide excellent visualisation of flow channel characteristics whilst also being flexible enough to perform a wide range of experiments for undergraduate and postgraduate study and research. The limited space available within the newly built STEM centre meant that the challenge was on to deliver a 10 metre flow channel that would fit in-between pillars with a relatively low ceiling, while still enabling students to move around the apparatus.
Reducing Experiment Time While Increasing Depth of Study
TecQuipment offers a range of flume/flow channel lengths and widths to suit the space available and learning outcomes required. From the narrower channels of 50mm width and 2.5 metres long, through to the wider 300mm width channels available in 2.5 metre steps between 5 metres, and 15 metres.
It was the wider 300mm flume/flow channel in 10 metres (FC300-10) that the University of Derby selected for their fluids laboratory. Not only was this equipment larger than their existing flow channel and therefore made it easier to see the specific phenomenon such as hydraulic jump, it also had much more advanced measurement functionality. That functionality coupled with TecQuipment’s Versatile Data Acquisition System (VDAS) connected to a 32-way pressure display unit allowed for more in depth study and research.
Mathew Whomsley, (Technical Instructor) at the University of Derby commented: “The addition of VDAS also meant that the experiments could be performed much more quickly, taking a fraction of the time it would have done previously.”
The Space Challenge
The limited physical size of the room with its various pillars and low ceiling was a point of concern for the team at the University of Derby.
“One of the biggest constraints in our original specification was the space constraints in the room. TecQuipment were exemplary when dealing with this, by conducting a site survey of the space and having discussions about key dimensions within the room, such as columns. TecQuipment subsequently provided the University with floor plans and 3D views of the flume within the room, to give us peace of mind that the equipment will be useable within our space requirements,” explained Whomsley.
Returning Time and Time Again
The University of Derby already had a range of TecQuipment products within their engineering department and were confident in the quality of the products and ongoing customer support available, which contributed to the decision to select TecQuipment over other equipment providers.
Summarising, Whomsley explained: “Overall, our excellent history with TecQuipment is the reason we continue to purchase equipment through them. Their team is always friendly, helpful, and they offer good equipment at a reasonable price.”
The University of Derby Climbs the League Tables
The University of Derby has recently gained a significant increase in credibility, particularly among universities offering mechanical engineering undergraduate and post graduate degrees within the UK, ranking 18th in the 2019 Guardian University League Tables. In another league table offered by the Times, they are ranked the 13th best university in the UK for teaching quality.
In addition, the team at the University of Derby has a mission-focused outlook that aims to continue to attract well-motivated undergraduate and postgraduate civil engineering students, and prepare them for work within the growing water sector, offering a full range of courses in civil engineering (ie. MEng, MSc, BEng and BSc).
A Professional and Knowledgeable Team
“The experience throughout the whole process of buying the flume from TecQuipment has been very good. From when the order of the flume went in, we were given regular updates on the progress of the flume, alongside reliable delivery schedules. During the installation and induction, the team were professional and knowledgeable on both the practical and theoretical aspects of the flume,” explained Whomsley.
“TecQuipment are well established as a provider of innovative and well developed science and technology equipment to the education sector, and having previous experienceof the services offered and their reliability, thenas a local supplier TecQuipment fit our needs.Installation of the equipment went smoothly including thoughtful and dedicated induction for both technicians and academics; the example experiments including example data are particularly useful. To date the FC300 flume/flow channel has been very effective in contributing to our objectives,” concluded Whomsley.
Last Friday we had the pleasure of learning more about Bosch Rexroth’s new interactive communications platform for manufacturing industries: ActiveCockpit.
This software elevates Bosch Rexroth’s already well established i4.0 Mechtronics Training System to an entirely new level by offering endless possibilities for both analyzing and communicating information.
ActiveCockpit is at the very heart of industry 4.0, it digitally networks people, products, and production equipment.
What does all of this mean for education?
Academia is looking for ways to help industry increase productivity and decrease down times.
ActiveCockPit was developed by Mechanical Engineers to be the most state-of-the-art Shop Floor Management software available today.
This interactive communication platform is the nexus for i4.0 initiatives and courses.
Bosch manufacturing plants throughout the world who are focused on i4.0 use Active Cockpit for daily Management and Logistics, but also to communicate real-time data between production plants.
Our Academic partners would be interested to know that this value stream methodology equips the end users with all the feedback and troubleshooting diagnostics for PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act).
Active Cockpit’s open architecture is designed to accept and implement any web-based functionality and the data can be displayed on any laptop, phone, tablet, etc.
What’s more, Bosch will provide api files so institutions can develop their own i4.0 apps. Click here to view the brochure.
A new add-on to the electrical machines training system, allows students of electrical or power engineering to understand how electrical machines are modeled by an equivalent circuit so that their performance can be predicted. The new locked-rotor equipment allows for study of our new Advanced Electrical Machines course and the system can now also be controlled over the internet as part of a remote lab.
Modern electrical machines training system is a revolutionary way of safely studying the characteristics of different motor types in a learning environment. This solution includes eight different types of machine, integrated power supply and control box and PC-based applications for advanced controller of the different machine types. Further to this, we provide four separate curriculum manuals for teaching electrical machines principles using manual control with external meters, using PC control and also control using MATLAB.
TecQuipment, leading provider of high quality educational equipment for engineering disciplines has today acquired certain assets of Cussons Technology Ltd, including the Intellectual Property specifically associated with the Engineering Educational Division and also certain physical assets such as manufacturing equipment and Educational product stock. The remaining part of Cussons Technology, the Marine Hydrodynamics & Industrial Division, is not included in this asset acquisition.
The asset acquisition will allow TecQuipment to rapidly expand the company’s range of engineering teaching products, and offer customers a greater degree of choice within existing product areas.
Following the administration of Cussons Technology Ltd on 17th October, TecQuipment began talks that would bring together the technology from two of the oldest engineering teaching equipment providers in the world, both based in the UK. This has come to fruition today, in the confirmation of the deal to acquire the agreed assets.
Simon Woods, TecQuipment’s Managing Director commented “TecQuipment is dedicated to being the leading provider of engineering teaching equipment to universities and colleges around the world, by delivering premium quality products, with unrivalled customer service. This asset acquisition is part of an ongoing strategy to offer an ever more comprehensive range and depth of engineering teaching products. It particularly strengthens areas such as the teaching of sustainable energy and steam power, along with further bolstering teaching capabilities related to topics including aerodynamics, fluid mechanics, process control and engines.”
Addressing the customers and agents of the Engineering Education Division of Cussons Technology, “We appreciate that this is an uncertain time for customers and agents of Cussons Technology Ltd, and wish to reassure the market that we will endeavour to assist in meeting their educational teaching equipment needs in the smoothest means possible. As a result we have set up a dedicated team to deal with such enquires that is headed up by TecQuipment’s Sales and Marketing Director Jon Chicken.” Explains Simon Woods.
TecQuipment is the leading provider of high quality educational equipment for engineering disciplines. The products allow students and educators to perform practical experiments to illustrate engineering principles relating to aerodynamics, control engineering, process control, hydraulics and fluid mechanics, material testing and properties, structures, renewable energies, mechanics and dynamics, thermodynamics and heat transfer, along with electrical power systems.
The company was founded 61 years ago by the Head of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nottingham and the Managing Director of a clock making company. Over this period, TecQuipment has grown in recognition of its reliable and robust products that are all designed and manufactured to the ISO9001 standard in Nottinghamshire, UK, delivered with a 5-year warranty. The products are used by students and educators across the world, in over 1500 establishments in more than 100 countries.
Cussons Technology was founded in 1876 and specialised in the development and manufacture of teaching and research equipment for mechanical engineering and allied subjects. Their customers were tertiary educational establishments worldwide, research institutes and government training establishments and the research departments of national and multinational companies. The company went into administration on 17t h October 2019.
This video demonstrates the Osborne Reynolds Apparatus (H215), part of TecQuipment’s Fluid Mechanics range. It is a freestanding piece of equipment for demonstrating the transition between laminar and turbulent flow, and allows students to investigate Reynolds numbers.
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Daniel Saulnier CCNB
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Bruno Korst, P.Eng. Director, Teaching Labs
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Peter Sakaris, Concordia University
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Dr. Pierre Savard École Polytechnique de Montreal
"In recent years, there has been a growing demand for engineering equipment in the undergraduate labs at the University of Guelph as we have expanded our program. AYVA has been proactive and assisted us diligently in addressing all our equipment needs. We now proudly showcase both PASCO and TecQuipment products in our teaching labs. The quality of the equipment and teaching material is exceptional. AYVA offers a broad range of equipment well suited to our various engineering disciplines and we look forward to exploring their extended product offering in the future."
Dr. Shohel Mahmud University of Guelph
"I’m often running two lab sessions at one time in two different rooms. Being able to use the base module like TecQuipment's Hydraulic Bench and quickly be able to switch out the experimental modules makes running a tight schedule of laboratory sessions possible. With a few of my own modifications like adding quick connects and valves I can make this changeover even slicker. The AVYA experience is great! Their post-sale technical support is unparalleled."
Dean Milton, University of Regina
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Dr. Gérard Poitras University of Moncton
"I’m very pleased with the fast and professional service that I’ve received from AYVA Educational Solutions. I am able to contact an AYVA representative any day of the week and receive a prompt response. AYVA’s representatives are happy and willing to accommodate any changes, modifications and suggestions. I highly recommend using AYVA Educational Services to meet your educational needs."
Sonny Hegde SAIT Polytechnic
"Bosch Rexroth’s hydraulics bench is really great! Robust, easy to use, and it offers the possibility to expand and add components to keep up with new technologies. My students are always motivated while working with the bench and I now understand why it has such a strong reputation. It is impossible to regret this purchase!"
Marc Boudreau Kativik School Board
"TecQuipment's structures line was chosen to enhance the learning experience of our engineering students. The products were delivered in a timely manner and were easy to set up. After-sales support has been very accommodating, allowing us to modify the experiment manuals as we saw fit, giving us flexibility in learning objectives. Students have shown great interest, and have found operating the units to be easy and simple."
Riad Rajab York University
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