Our Energy Transformation Laboratory here at Swinburne is used for research and teaching in fluid dynamics.
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Professor Richard Manasseh explains how Swinburne University's wave channel facility is used for studies of the fundamental fluid dynamics of waves interacting with generic wave-energy converters.
This facility is dedicated to the fabrication of microfluidic devices and related experiments, complementing Swinburne’s biomedical and microfluidic experimentation facilities in the Factory of the Future and ATC building Level 9.
It is equipped with a fume cupboard, reticulation of gases and water, and is designed to accommodate class IV laser equipment.
Swinburne’s solar simulator is one of only three of its kind in the world and is unique in Australia. It’s used to study the potential for solar energy to smelt metals. It includes an array of seven 6-kilowatt lamps that mimic the sun. Swinburne researchers designed the simulator with metal halide arc lamps, overcoming issues with other simulators elsewhere.
Its extremely high temperatures (approaching 2000°C) allow applications to iron ore, glass or cement.
The robot fish tank has the capacity to enable the testing of depth control, obstacle avoidance and navigation capabilities of various underwater robot configurations including robot fish.
Contact Associate Professor Jinchuan Zheng to find out more about the robot fish tank.