Faculty Advisor

Clark, William M.

Abstract

This MQP addresses the lack of laboratory process control at WPI by expanding the Gas Flow Apparatus experiment in the Unit Operations course. A LabVIEW PID controller and a vortex tube were installed in the experiment. The PID controller successfully controls the heater on the gas flow. The vortex tube separates compressed air into hot and cold streams. An energy balance was derived for the vortex tube. Classroom procedures were developed to use these devices for the Unit Operations course.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012

Major

Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

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