The Quanser Heat Flow is a process control plant ideal for teaching, studying and demonstrating control concepts related to fluid dynamics and thermodynamics. Using the Heat Flow experiment, students learn how to:
In addition to teaching control concepts, the Heat Flow can be used for research in various areas, including adaptive control and system identification.
How It Works
The Quanser Heat Flow plant consist of a fiberglass chamber that is equipped with a coil-based heater and a blower at one end and three temperature sensors located equidistantly along the chamber.
The Heat Flow has a built-in amplifier to deliver power to the heater and blower. The power delivered to the heater and blower is controlled using analog signals. The fan speed can also be controlled using an analog signal, and is measured by a tachometer mounted on the blower.
The three temperature sensors in the chamber are fast settling platinum transducers.
The Heat Flow comes with Quanser-developed courseware. The Instructor Manual with exercises, together with a comprehensive User Manual and pre-designed controllers allow you to get your lab running faster, saving months of time typically required to develop lab materials.
Topics included in the Quanser-developed courseware:
To set up your Heat Flow workstation, you need additional components. Quanser engineers recommend:
¹ alternatively, you can use QPIDe, or any equivalent NI DAQ device supported by QUARC