ME309_Sample_Lab_Report

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ME 309L – Fluid Mechanics Laboratory Sample Laboratory Report Report Prepared By: Jane Doe John Doe Jan. 1, 2000 Lab Preparation Division 3
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2 1. Sample Report Details This document describes the required sections to be included in all ME 309 laboratory reports. Additional sections may be included at the author’s discretion or as required for specific laboratory experiments. In this document, the italicized text at the beginning of each section describes the purpose of the section and discusses the expected content. Example text follows in standard font. Following the example, another italicized paragraph will discuss the key features of the sample section. 2. General Instructions All laboratory reports should be stand-alone documents that do not require the laboratory handout to be understood. Avoid phases such as “this lab report” and reference to the laboratory handout. Your target audience is a mechanical engineer familiar with fluid mechanics but lacking direct knowledge or expertise in your work. A portion of each lab report grade is based upon the quality of the written communication. Be sure that all reports are clear, organized, well written, and flow smoothly. Proofread your report to ensure there are no spelling or grammatical errors.
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3 Cover Page Use the present cover page as a guideline for your lab reports. Be sure to include the names of all group members, your lab preparation division number, the title of the lab, and the date it was submitted. Abstract An abstract is a concise summary of the paper, including the major objectives and critical findings. The abstract allows a reader to determine if the content of the paper is of interest without having to read the entire document. Your abstract should state the objectives of the study and highlight important conclusions without directing the reader to specific details such as graphs or tables. Abstracts are typically less than 250 words. Abstracts are often easiest to write after the rest of the document has been written. The applicability of the standard empirical discharge coefficient relationship is tested with an orifice plate of orifice-to-plate diameter ratio of 0.735. The discharge coefficient equation is tested by measuring the mass flow rate through the orifice plate using the bucket-and- stopwatch method for a range of Reynolds numbers and comparing this flow rate to the predicted value. The experiment demonstrated that the empirical relationship is likely an adequate prediction for this geometry. Unfortunately, the uncertainty in the discharge coefficient measurement was unacceptably large making a detailed analysis of the empirical relation impossible. The experiments should be repeated with a larger bucket before any definite conclusions can be drawn.
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