Date of Defense


First Advisor

Dr. Christopher S.K. Cho

Second Advisor

Ron Moner


A test fixture was designed and constructed to determine the flow coefficient of tube fittings based on an industry standard. An air compressor and piping system were coupled with flow meters and pressure sensors per industry specifications to measure flow rate required to achieve a defined pressure drop across test component. A data acquisition hardware/software package was used to collect and record test data and calculate the flow coefficient. Validation of the new fixture was achieved through a comparison of experimental data from both the new fixture and a bench marked system. Computational fluid dynamics simulations were compared to test data and a correction factor was successfully derived for use in future development of tube fittings.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only