Developing Virtual Labs in Fluid Mechanics with UG Students’ Involvement
Although there are mixed opinion upon the advantages and disadvantages associated with the use of virtual labs, they are still increasingly being adopted by institutions for their curricular teaching. In this study an attempt is made wherein the undergraduate students are made to directly involve in creating virtual lab using the LabVIEW platform. To the authors’ knowledge this is one of the first attempts in the country. The virtual labs are created for tracking the profile of the jet trajectory from an orifice fitted in a tank and for drawing of flownet for a given velocity potential stream function as a part of experiments in fluid mechanics of civil engineering curriculum at undergraduate level. The response of the students indicate that the experience gained by involving in creation of virtual lab gives them a better understanding of the advantages and disadvantages associated and builds confidence in using them.
KeywordsVirtual lab Jet trajectory Flownet Fluid mechanics
The authors wish to thank the coordinators of National Instruments (NI) lab in the institute for their support in the successful implementation of this work.
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