Title

Development of a wet wall - An undergraduate research project

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Department

Mechanical Engineering

Conference Title

2007 Proceedings of the 5th Joint ASME/JSME Fluids Engineering Summer Conference, FEDSM 2007

Location

San Diego, CA

Date of Presentation

12-1-2007

Abstract

This paper reports an undergraduate research activity on developing a wet wall, which is among the field of water features with special effects. These fountains blend in elements of engineering and the arts in elegant ways, and as such provide an excellent medium of scholarly activity as well as learning. A team of two students worked for one semester to conduct this research. Variables such as water flow rate, wall surface texture, and method of distribution were thoroughly examined. The final apparatus was a dynamic wet wall with visually attractive features that incorporated a programmable microcontroller. The project is low cost, safe and easy to adapt at other institutions, especially in mechatronics courses. The most valuable learning outcomes for the students (the first two authors) were new knowledge about electronics and improvement in communication skills. They also enjoyed developing a visually pleasing product. Copyright © 2007 by ASME.

First Page

547

Last Page

550

DOI

10.1115/FEDSM2007-37677

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