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An Integrated Teaching Methodology for Manufacturing Processes

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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Manufacturing Materials and Processes

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26.195.1 - 26.195.16



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Ergin Erdem Robert Morris University

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Ergin Erdem is an assistant professor of Department of Engineering at Robert Morris University. Dr. Erdem holds BS and MS degrees in industrial engineering from Middle East Technical University, Turkey and a PhD in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering from North Dakota State University He has previously worked as a lecturer and research associate at Atilim University and North Dakota State University. His research interests include; modeling for facility planning, genetic algorithms, education of manufacturing technologies, RFID applications in food and pharmaceutical applications, operations management in healthcare industry.

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Arif Sirinterlikci Robert Morris University Orcid 16x16

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Arif Sirinterlikci is a University Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and the Department Head of Engineering at Robert Morris University. He holds BS and MS degrees, both in Mechanical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University in Turkey and his Ph.D. is in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Ohio State University. He has been actively involved in ASEE and SME organizations and conducted research in Rapid Prototyping and Reverse Engineering, Biomedical Device Design and Manufacturing, Automation and Robotics, and CAE in Manufacturing Processes fields.

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An Integrated Teaching Methodology for Manufacturing ProcessesIn this paper, we describe an integrated approach for promoting an effective methodology forteaching manufacturing processes. In that regard, a three-faceted approach that incorporatesproviding opportunities for an active learning experience in manufacturing processes has beendescribed. For demonstration cases, the course entitled ENGR3600 Production Engineering hasbeen chosen as the teaching medium. Three main aspects of the teaching methods include: 1) In-class teaching of lecture material (i.e., casting processes) 2) Hands-on sand casting laboratorywhere students are engaged in conducting and assisting in various steps of sand casting process(i.e., premixing, mold preparation, actual casting process, trimming sprues, runners, gates etc.) 3)Numerical and graphical analysis of casting processes through simulation of filling andsolidification. The integrated methodology is comprised of classroom and laboratory instruction,in which two sessions are conducted in the classroom environment, and one session is conductedin the casting laboratory. The first classroom lecture incorporates describing the various aspectsof the casting processes such as the process description, capabilities, characteristics, designconsiderations, and various types of casting processes with the corresponding variations. In thesecond classroom lecture, the students working with the CastView software have the opportunityto analyze various casting processes both visually and analytically by studying vent and gatedesign as along with filling and solidification analysis. In the third step, the sand casting processis employed for casting aluminum for obtaining a final product. Students, using insights acquiredfrom the classroom lectures have the opportunity to demonstrate their background in anengineering setting which involves mold design and preparation and active participation inassisting in the subsequent operations. In overall sense, authors conclude that a three-facetedapproach that integrates the elements of the theoretical classroom teaching with the computerassisted analysis along with actual laboratory implementation would significantly facilitateachieving of learning objectives associated with various manufacturing processes outlined in theProduction Engineering class. It is worth mentioning that the suggested approach is not limitedwith a particular manufacturing process and is adopted for additional manufacturing processeswhich span a large spectrum of existing manufacturing technology (e.g., shaping processes forplastics, sheet metal forming and welding processes). As a future research direction, theguidelines that would help increasing the generality of the suggested approach for differentmanufacturing processes would be further proposed and detailed.

Erdem, E., & Sirinterlikci, A. (2015, June), An Integrated Teaching Methodology for Manufacturing Processes Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23534

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