CrossLab, the big idea....

Laboratories play a key role in a wide range of STEM courses. As part of the project, we have the opportunity to see beyond our own horizons and launch a calls to support new innovative laboratory ideas at the partner universities. Furthermore, the ideas from students and lecturers are and were of equal interest.

Here is an overview of the developments....

Digital strawberries: ‘’Connected smart hydroponic system‘’ as a cross-reality lab

‘Take care of your strawberries at the click of a mouse’ – nevertheless, harvesting them is still a manual process.

...and learn how sensors and actuators work, how to record sensor data autonomously via radio signals, visualize it online and analyze the data.
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Interactive graphical Visualization of thermal separation processes for a deepened process understanding exemplified for distillation

Students are able to deepen their process understanding on their own and in a playful manner on the interrelation of influencing/ operating parameters on the outcome of the examined thermal separation process distillation by using the developed digital tool. This tool can be applied to all relevant lectures and practical courses...
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Making the system soil-water-atmosphere-plant tangible

The system soil-water-atmosphere-plant is of central importance in geoecological education. At the same time it is inherently characterised by complex interacting, non-linear processes. In many cases, the complexity and the abstract situation of limited observability hinder an approach to the subject. Furthermore, processes such as infiltration, water redistribution,...

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Digitization of extensions for ball drop test and train models 

As part of the CrossLab project, the Department of Systems and Software Engineering is proposing the further development of the two existing laboratories ‘Ball drop test’ and ‘ Train model’. Both labs are currently used for courses and other student work. The department is already planning to modernize and expand the falling ball experiment in the coming years and therefore has the higher priority.

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Expansion of remote service station and development of digital twin

Up until now, students have had to operate the system, for example, to remove the cups filled with water and empty them back into the storage tank. Empty cups also need to be placed at the start of the conveyor belt.

For remote operation, the system would need to be extended to work fully automatically and continuously without the need for....

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Practical course "Temperature measurement technology"

Accurate measurement of temperature plays a major role not only in weather observation, but in many technical fields - temperature is the most measured quantity after time.

Temperature cannot be measured directly, but only by its effect on another physical quantity. In industry, mainly electrical thermometers (resistance thermometers and thermocouples) are used for this measurement. The thermometer can only measure the temperature that it has itself assumed...

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Remote LaserLab

Laboratory work with various components such as lasers, lenses and camera chips is an essential part of optics education. The construction of simple optical systems, e.g. to determine the quality of a laser beam profile or to analyze the light distribution behind different beam shapers, is very important in order to link the ideal representations from textbooks with reality. By working in the lab, ...

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Speed-control and monitoring in electrical Systems (SpeCoMoS)

In the age of Industry 4.0, I would like to teach students how to use the technology of the Industrial Internet of Things like a smart factory. In cooperation with the TU Ilmenau, a remote lab will be designed and set up in such way that:

  • the rotational speed of an electric motor can be recorded,
  • the analog to digital converted data can be processed and
  • the rotational speed can be regulated via pulsed operation in a closed loop.

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Augmented Reality Laboratory – airfoil in wind tunnel

In the context of the lectures Fluid Mechanics and Fluid Machinery I, a laboratory is to be developed which enables students to independently investigate the interactions between flow and airfoil in the wind tunnel. On the one hand, the laboratory should offer the possibility to collect real measurement data (pressure distribution on the airfoil, resulting lifting and drag forces). On the other hand, the flow...

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Remote Laboratory for Microfluidic Applications

Microfluidic systems are characterized by a multitude of advantages compared to conventional systems and apparatuses and represent a broad field of research within and outside the department of Biochemical- and Chemical Engineering. A practice-oriented teaching program in the form of remote laboratories is to be created to digitally realize, among other things, residence time measurements, tracking...

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Digital – Cross-regional – Modern

The quantum mechanics venue is a learning teaching laboratory for high school students, and closely connected to the education of physics teachers at TU Dortmund University. In this context the lab is continuously used and developed by university students. The lab focusses on the execution of key experiments in quantum physics and the visualization of quantum mechanical effects. By exploiting...

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Development of a digital laboratory in Organic Chemistry

The practical courses in organic chemistry focus on acquiring basic technical knowledge and skills. Students are instructed to plan and carry out experiments independently and to analyze the results. Due to high safety requirements, detailed experimental instructions are provided. 

In order to make students more familiar with the safety aspects and to offer them the opportunity to per....

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MINIS: A cooperative learning environment for the logistics transformation

MINIS (short for miniaturized production systems) is a learning environment for students provided by several logistic chairs. The learning environment serves as a common knowledge base and incubator for designing innovative learning concepts in the fields of logistics.

MINIS aims at illustrating the dynamics of supply chains as a composition of subsystems to students in an....

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ViSAs – Virtual Sorter Assembly

The technical drawing is the most important tool of communication of an engineer. Teaching in the field of mechanical engineering shows that students in the first semesters are usually not able to recognize the components, machinery and their functions from technical drawings. ViSAs will help...

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Augmented Reality Application for the Mobile Measurement of Strain Distributions

The planned augmented reality app for smartphones and tablets will enable students to measure the two-dimensional strain distribution on flat specimens during the test without complex measuring equipment and software. For example, during a tensile test in which a metallic specimen made of a material relevant to forming technology is stretched in axial direction, the information...

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Process control using AI on a digital twin of an extraction column in VR

The digital laboratory consists of two flexibly combinable parts. In the first part, an extraction column is operated in virtual reality (VR) as a digital twin. The laboratory setup, experimental conduction and possible measurement methods are displayed. In the virtual environment, the flow diagram and the real plant...

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Arduino-controlled Titration Laboratory

The "laboratory of tomorrow" needs employees with the competence to continuously record and evaluate chemical-physical data and to operate processes automatically and remotely. These skills are to be acquired with the "Arduino-controlled titration laboratory". The product of action is a set-up for carrying out titrations in remote. This is intended to address...

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A virtual mini-laboratory for direct fastening experiments in constructive engineering

The virtual mini-laboratory enables students to carry out experiments in direct fastening technology. Various parametric configurations of the direct fastening are simulated and carried out using FEM software. The simulations are implemented in a user-friendly interface in such a way that the students can vary the experiments parametrically and acquire the corresponding results or simulations....

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