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Revitalization of a Steam Lab to Meet Energy Challenge and Strengthen Mechanical Engineering Education
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An 'old' and 'obsolete' boiler system was revitalized and an enhanced Steam Lab was established based on that system. In this project, modifications and improvements were made to the facility, which contains a 150 BHP boiler, condenser, steam turbine and generator, dynamometer, and various other pumps, heat exchangers and fluid lines. The working Steam Lab will provide test-bed capability for local companies with projects requiring a source of team and help the industry to meet the energy challenge by developing their energy-management plans and utilizing various energy sources efficiently and smartly. It will also be incorporated into the mechanical engineering curriculum at the University of Louisiana thereby substantially enhancing UL's mechanical engineering program. This project was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) and the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) as a part of the Save Energy Now project.
Kozman, T.; Simon, W. E.; Guidry, J.; Liu, Y. (2011). Revitalization of a Steam Lab to Meet Energy Challenge and Strengthen Mechanical Engineering Education. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu); Texas A&M University (http://www.tamu.edu). Available electronically from