Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University


In the following article, I would like to share some of my experiences with integrating data acquisition and virtual instrumentation (VI's) in my powerplant courses at Purdue University. The implementation of the equipment and procedures into the classes was a natural evolution of our educational environment. The more we discussed the inner dynamics of an engine, the more the students and I wanted to measure specific parameters and show their dues over time. This activity gave us a window of insight into the effects of changes that were introduced into the engines. Intentional modifications, as in a troubleshooting exercise, or unintentional such as a component failure, both provided a host of indications to be measured and evaluated.



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