(397h) A New Desktop Experimental Module (DEMo) for Heat Transfer

Minerick, A. R., Michigan Technological University

A new Desktop Experiment Module (DEMo) has been developed for a chemical engineering junior level heat transfer course. The DEMo system can illustrate conduction of various materials, thermal energy generation, thermal contact resistance, heat dissipation from fins, and convection across surfaces of varying geometry. This DEMo learning tool is versatile, fairly inexpensive, and portable such that it can be positioned on student desks throughout a classroom.

Advantages of this approach are that students can closely examine and fiddle with the system to see cause and effect better than with instructor led demonstrations. These learning tools can also serve as vibrant hands-on experiments with high school students.