Dr. Jim Henry Controls Systems Lab (ECS 120)
This laboratory supports the following: ENCH 3280L, Control Systems Laboratory; ENCH 3350, Unit Operations Laboratory; ENCH 4350, Chemical Processes Laboratory; and ENEV 4350, Environmental Processes Laboratory. It contains lab stations involving unit operations such as absorption, distillation, heat transfer, fluid flow, and reaction kinetics. This lab is under continued development for deployment as a remote laboratory through the use of Internet of Things (IoT).
There are four stations in this laboratory devoted to the unit operations and chemical/environmental processes labs. These include a packed bed absorption column and a twelve-stage distillation column, both of which span two floors. There is also a chemical reactor station for studying reaction kinetics in a continuous stirred tank versus a packed bed, as well as a heat exchanger station for studying heat transfer in a variety of heat exchanger configurations.
There are also three stations in this laboratory used in control systems lab. First is the cooling duct consisting of an air blower, duct work, and a thermal element. Secondly, there is a multi-tank level control system. The last station contains a simple pipe flow system with a water pump.
Other equipment housed here includes two fume hoods, a rotary evaporator, a Parr calorimeter, a spectrophotometer, and other equipment common to a wet chemistry lab.