On January 2022, Mohawk College will start implementing a series of Virtual Labs to teach fluid mechanics in the school of engineering. When it comes to teaching science and engineering, fluid mechanics is one of the most difficult subjects to teach without a proper laboratory. Fluid mechanics experimentation allows students to better comprehend the math and science behind the interaction of fluids. On the other hand, fluid mechanics labs often require not just expensive equipment but instructors to be present to avoid injuries and damage the equipment. Virtual Labs, will help students to complete the same experiments at a hazard-free environment with many additional benefits. Students can repeat the same experiments as many times they request. If they have their own VR headset they can request a license for their own. Students can also generate the data of the experiments in excel format for further analysis and extract it from the vr device. Some of the virtual experiences students will be able to use are:
1. Bernoulli’s Equation: This lab should enhance the students understanding of Bernoulli’s equation.
2. Flow Measurement: The flow measurement lab includes flow measurement across a venturi meter, sudden enlargement, and orifice plate.
3. Orifice Calibration: In this lab a sharp edge orifice is analyzed to determine the coefficient of velocity (Cv), the coefficient of contraction (Cc), and the coefficient of discharge (Cd)
4. Pump Efficiency: Part 1: establish the relationship between head, discharge, power, and efficiency for a centrifugal pump operating at constant speed.
Part 2: establish the relationship between head, discharge, power, and efficiency for,
two identical centrifugal pumps in parallel
two identical centrifugal pumps in series5. Stormwater Pond Design: Design a stormwater pond (a large tank filling that empties slowly through a small outlet), and determine the time for the pond to empty.
6. Open Channel Flow: Investigate the characteristics of open channel flow
The university has plans to have a full set of Virtual Labs by the end of 2021 to allow students to learn from real experimentation from the comfort of their homes. Virtual labs will not only allow students to learn but will also open the doors for future online learning platforms. Nowadays education faces several challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic crisis faced by several nations. This will increase the adoption of virtual labs since they are the only mean to educate students in STEM programs where laboratory experiences are important.
At PNX Labs we are fully committed to deliver the best customized virtual labs in the market. By using our proprietary platform we have been able to develop over 1000 Virtual experiments since April 2020 to help universities around to continue with their education agenda.
Starting in September Lamar University in Texas will use for the first time a series of Virtual Labs for Engineering. Students will be able to do multiple experiments in both Windows PCs and VR Headsets, perform calculations, record data and modify key variables with real instrument models. All the data used to develop the simulations was gathered from real experimentation so students and professors can be confident the same data generated by the virtual labs will math that of the real world.
Very few universities around the world are innovative enough to make great ideas come true. Starting in January 2022, Dublin city University will implement a series of virtual labs to train students in the use of specialized equipment for chemical engineering. Developed by PNx Labs, the first set of virtual labs will allow students to learn the experimentation procedures to analyze substances using ion chromatography instruments. These instruments are not just expensive but require very careful handling and operation. Students are usually supervised by experienced graduate students or lab technicians. By implementing VR Simulations, DCU students will be able to learn in a risk-free environment how to use these chemistry instruments and speed the training process so they can be ready go into the physical lab much faster.