Presentation Title

Virtual Reality

Faculty Mentor

Priscilla Zhao

Start Date

23-11-2019 10:00 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 10:45 AM

Location

161

Session

poster 3

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

engineering_computer_science

Abstract

Poster: Using Virtual Reality Simulation for Fluid Mechanics Laboratory Instruction

Hamza Abbasi

Talha Khan

Yitong Zhao

Key Words: Virtual Reality, Engineering Education, Virtual Lab, Mechanical Engineering

Abstract

Physical laboratory experiments are built to provide students with hands-on opportunities and have long been crucial for engineering training. The Mechanical Engineering (ME) department of [a large state university name omitted] proudly claims to be one of the few universities in the state that still provides many hands-on labs to students. However, due to the increase in student enrollment and limited lab space, undergraduate students have experienced an increasing difficulty gaining valuable hands on experience in the lab.

Our group is focused on creating a virtual Thermal-Fluids laboratory utilizing the cutting-edge Virtual Reality (VR) technology. The virtual lab is designed to enrich students’ lab experience, stimulate interests, and bring more individual exercise time. The VR experiment replicated the physical experience of performing the actual lab, providing students with individual time to operate the lab equipment without physically touching it.

In this poster, the creation of a HVAC experiment in VR is discussed. The VR experiment, which is designed to supplement the physical lab, contains a pre-lab training portion and a performance portion. The pre-lab training provides step-by-step instructions of the lab, which allows students to follow the experiment procedures prior to coming to class. This will help speed up the actual operation and limit the procedural errors. The performance portion allows students to repeat the lab to collect more data for analysis. Applying algorithm on vast amount of historical data, the numbers collected in VR experiment will not repeat themselves, which mimic the reality as well.

Results from focus groups have been collected to guide further improvement and next stage of development. The groups felt that this was a very good stepping stone in their learning experience for the fluids lab.

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Virtual Reality

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Poster: Using Virtual Reality Simulation for Fluid Mechanics Laboratory Instruction

Hamza Abbasi

Talha Khan

Yitong Zhao

Key Words: Virtual Reality, Engineering Education, Virtual Lab, Mechanical Engineering

Abstract

Physical laboratory experiments are built to provide students with hands-on opportunities and have long been crucial for engineering training. The Mechanical Engineering (ME) department of [a large state university name omitted] proudly claims to be one of the few universities in the state that still provides many hands-on labs to students. However, due to the increase in student enrollment and limited lab space, undergraduate students have experienced an increasing difficulty gaining valuable hands on experience in the lab.

Our group is focused on creating a virtual Thermal-Fluids laboratory utilizing the cutting-edge Virtual Reality (VR) technology. The virtual lab is designed to enrich students’ lab experience, stimulate interests, and bring more individual exercise time. The VR experiment replicated the physical experience of performing the actual lab, providing students with individual time to operate the lab equipment without physically touching it.

In this poster, the creation of a HVAC experiment in VR is discussed. The VR experiment, which is designed to supplement the physical lab, contains a pre-lab training portion and a performance portion. The pre-lab training provides step-by-step instructions of the lab, which allows students to follow the experiment procedures prior to coming to class. This will help speed up the actual operation and limit the procedural errors. The performance portion allows students to repeat the lab to collect more data for analysis. Applying algorithm on vast amount of historical data, the numbers collected in VR experiment will not repeat themselves, which mimic the reality as well.

Results from focus groups have been collected to guide further improvement and next stage of development. The groups felt that this was a very good stepping stone in their learning experience for the fluids lab.