In addition to the engine testing facilities, the thermodynamics and heat transfer testing equipment includes a boiler system with a complete Rankine cycle power generation system, an instrumented four-ton heat pump system, a well instrumented gas turbine jet engine, and a heat transfer experiment. The heat transfer experiment can examine forced convection past tube arrays with the flexibility of testing several tube configurations. The boiler system includes a turbine and electrical generator. The HVAC unit allows students to examine vapor compression air-conditioning and heating. The jet engine facility is good for demonstrating the Brayton cycle and can be tested with a variety of fuels.

Room: Packard 178

Staff Contact: Dick Towne (

Associated Courses: ME 121, ME 207, ME 208

Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer Laboratories