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A Metal Casting Laboratory Exercise: Collaboration Between the Engineering and Art Departments at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Mechanical and Architectural Engineering Laboratories

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Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies

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22.62.1 - 22.62.11



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A. Simionescu Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi

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Dr. Simionescu is an Assistant Professor in the Engineering Program of the Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi. He received his B.Sc. from Polytechnic University of Bucharest in Romania in 1992, a doctoral degree from the same university in 1999 and a Ph.D. degree from Auburn University in 2004. His research interests include mechanical design, CAD and computer graphics. He has authored 18 journal papers and has been granted seven patents.

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Mehrube Mehrubeoglu Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi

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Dr. Mehrubeoglu received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioengineering and Electrical Engineering, respectively, from Texas A&M University. After working as a research engineer and software engineer at Electroscientific Industries, where she developed new algorithms for machine vision problems, she joined Cyprus International University as the Chair of Department of Computer Engineering. After returning to Texas she taught at Texas A&M University, Kingsville. She has been with Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi since fall of 2005, and assumed Program Coordinator responsibilities in spring of 2010. Dr. Mehrubeoglu's areas of research include machine vision and image processing applications (digital watermarking, degraded fingerprint recognition, object detection and tracking), instrumentation, applications in biomedical engineering, and effective teaching pedagogies.

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Korinne Caruso Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi

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Korinne Caruso is the Engineering Education Program Coordinator for Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Control Systems Engineering Technology in 2002 and a Master of Science in Elementary Education in 2005, after which she received her Mathematics Certification for Grades 4-12. Mrs. Caruso was a researcher in the areas of Engineering and Computing Sciences and has presented her research at several conferences and has published her work in refereed journals. Mrs. Caruso was a classroom teacher of grades 7-12 for five years and is currently working to complete a Master of Science in Computer Science.

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Gregory R. Reuter Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi

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Greg Reuter has been a professor of Art at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi since 1978. Greg started his career as an artist in Hawaii where he went to graduate school and received an MFA in sculpture and ceramics from the University of Hawaii. He has shown nationally and internationally; his work is represented in numerous public and private art collections including the Art Museum of South Texas. Greg has lectured in Mexico, Japan, and the United States.

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A Metal Casting Laboratory Exercise - Collaboration Between the Engineering and Art Department at Texas A&M University Corpus ChristiA metal casting laboratory experiment part of a Manufacturing Processes engineering class is described.Engineering students working in teams design and fabricate expendable patterns according tospecifications, perform lost-foam casting of aluminum material, and analyze the quality and strength ofthe castings obtained. Multiple parts shaped as tensile-testing specimens are cast simultaneously tomaximize output. Students then evaluate the ratio of total weight of the castings over that of the usefulparts, and perform tensile testing of the latter. Prior to testing, through visual inspection and crosssectional area calculation, students also rank the parts according to the anticipated strength. Thelaboratory culminate with writing of a technical report where the entire process is described, and theobserved differences between the anticipated strength and actual strength of the parts are explained.This hands-on experience is offered through a collaboration with the Art Department at Texas A&MUniversity Corpus Christi, which provide the metal casting logistics. Graduate students majoring insculpture who routinely perform casting of their work, provided the support and shared theirexperience with the engineering students. Engineering student opinions of the lab experience, asdetermined through anonymous surveying, are also presented in the paper and ways to improve the labbased on these feedbacks are discussed.

Simionescu, A., & Mehrubeoglu, M., & Caruso, K., & Reuter, G. R. (2011, June), A Metal Casting Laboratory Exercise: Collaboration Between the Engineering and Art Departments at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17344

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