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3D Printed Composite Body Illustrating Composite Body Centroid and Center of Gravity

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Best in 5 Minutes: Demonstrating Interactive Teaching Activities

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Civil Engineering

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Timothy Aaron Wood The Citadel Orcid 16x16

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Timothy A Wood is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The Citadel. He acquired a Bachelor's in Engineering Physics Summa Cum Laude with Honors followed by Civil Engineering Master's and Doctoral degrees from Texas Tech University. His technical research focuses on soil-structure interaction and culvert inspection. He encourages students pushing them toward self-directed learning through reading, and inspiring enthusiasm for the fields of structural and geotechnical engineering. Dr. Wood aims to recover the benefits of classical-model, literature-based learning in civil engineering education.

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Though often presented as an additional math concept in many Statics courses, centroids should be related directly to the concept of equivalent systems. A 3D printed composite body model illustrates and connects the math intensive concept of area centroid to the real world. The concept of equivalent load systems informs the derivation of area centroids, and a 3D printed prismatic model illustrates the connection between area centroid and center of gravity.

This paper is submitted as a non-technical paper to the Civil Engineering Division "Best in 5 Minutes: Demonstrating Interactive Teaching Activities" session.

Wood, T. A. (2021, July), 3D Printed Composite Body Illustrating Composite Body Centroid and Center of Gravity Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36551

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