Innovative Mechanical Engineering teaching: Home “Heat Transfer” kits – Imperial College London


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Heat Transfer kits, ready to be sent out

Heat Transfer kits, ready to be sent out

The Department of Mechanical Engineering has continued to deliver practical activity kits for remote learning.

“Heat Transfer” packages were sent at home to 168 second year students. The packages contained a water proof temperature sensor and an Arduino UNO that can be connected to a PC to log data.

Completing practical work during a global pandemic is not the only innovative aspect of the home packages. Students had their own hands-on kit and worked online in groups on a realistic scenario, solving an ‘open’ problem.

Their task was to characterise the sensor and determine whether it is suitable for application in the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant at Imperial. They had to design they own experiments, make measurements, process the data, develop a model, and write their conclusions in a report.

The team involved in delivering this project were: Peter Johnson, Mankela Lamaj, Harry Mitchell, Alexander MacLaren and Guillermo Rein.  

Watch a video of a second year student unpacking the home kits:

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Nadia Barbu

Nadia Barbu

Department of Mechanical Engineering

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