Versatile Desktop Experiment Module (DEMo) on Heat Transfer


  • Adrienne R. Minerick Michigan Technological University


This paper outlines a new Desktop Experiment Module (DEMo) engineered for a chemical engineering junior-level Heat Transfer course. This new DEMo learning tool is versatile, fairly inexpensive, and portable such that it can be positioned on student desks throughout a classroom. The DEMo system can illustrate conduction of various materials, thermal energy generation, thermal contact resistance, heat dissipation from fins, and convection across surfaces of varying geometry. Advantages of this approach are that students can closely examine and fiddle with the system to see cause and effect better than with instructor led demonstrations. These learning tools can also serve as vibrant hands-on experiments with high school students.

Author Biography

Adrienne R. Minerick, Michigan Technological University

Adrienne Minerick is an associate professor of chemical engineering at Michigan Technological University, having recently moved from Mississippi State University where she was a tenured associate professor. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Notre Dame and B.S. from Michigan Tech. At MTU, Adrienne has taught graduate kinetics. At MSU, she taught the graduate Chemical Engineering Math, Process Controls, Introduction to Chemical Engineering Freshman Seminar, Heat Transfer, and Analytical Microdevice Technology courses. Her research is in medical microdevice diagnostics and dielectrophoresis.