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Bilge Pumps as Introductory Mechanical Engineering Design Projects

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Mechanical Engineering Division Technical Session 3

Tagged Division

Mechanical Engineering

Page Count

9

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https://peer.asee.org/32156

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3

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Richard Wayne Freeman P.E. U.S. Coast Guard Academy

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Prof Richard Freeman is an Assistant Professor at the United States Coast Guard Academy in Mechanical Engineering. He is course coordinator for Engineering Experimentation. He is currently working on projects and capstones involving CubeSats and ThinSats. Prof Freeman has previously taught at Northwestern University, Valparaiso University and Iowa State University. Prof Freeman can be reached at richard.w.freeman@uscga.edu.

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Ronald S. Adrezin U.S. Coast Guard Academy Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-8021-226X

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Professor Ron Adrezin, Ph.D., P.E. is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. He has been a licensed professional engineer for over twenty years and worked primarily in the aerospace and biomedical engineering fields. He has utilized the capabilities of additive manufacturing for over a decade, originally applying it to space suit and helicopter centered projects. At the Academy, he teaches design courses that include lessons on solid modeling, and additive manufacturing as well as classic subtractive methods such as accomplished with a mill or lathe. He earned his B.E. and M.E. at The Cooper Union, and his Ph.D. at Rutgers University. All are in mechanical engineering.

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Andrew Foley U.S. Coast Guard Academy

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Professor Foley is a tenured full professor at the U.S Coast Guard Academy where he teaches Thermodynamics, Thermal Systems Design, Capstone Design, Controls, Heat Transfer and several other courses. He is the former Head of Mechanical Engineering and undertakes assorted research in fundamental thermodynamics as well as more focused Coast Guard related system engineering research and development. Professor Foley was a visiting Professor at Yale University in 2012 where he launched a new Capstone Course. Prior to the Academy he taught at Ohio University, St Martins University in Washington State and at Coventry University in the U.K. At Coventry University Professor Foley was the Chair of a successful new Aerospace Technology degree program.
Prior to Academia he was an engineering manager at Alstom Gas Turbines in the U.K and a consulting engineer for both Rolls Royce and BMW. He now resides in Connecticut and is a licensed professional engineer and a licensed U.S Coast Guard Captain.

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Abstract

Bilge Pumps as Introductory Mechanical Engineering Design Projects

Students in the Mechanical Engineering program at X take their first major course during their Spring Semester, Sophomore Year. Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Design includes a design project which requires the students to build a working prototype in the department’s machine shop. In years past, this assignment was two projects- a small individual and a larger team-centric project. In 2016, faculty began work on a new project that would replace the previous two. This project was a three-inch bilge pump. This Work-in-Progress paper will outline the design process, implementation and challenges introducing a new design project for Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Design during the Spring 2018 Semester. The Bilge Pump project allowed students to use provided materials and SolidWorks drawings to fabricate, build and test a three-inch aluminum Bilge Pump. Prior to students working on the project, the Mechanical Engineering faculty took on the challenge of designing and prototyping this new design. The faculty fabricated Aluminum and PLA mockups prior to introducing the project to students. The introduction of this project was rather unique, in that it became a course project for students at another nearby university before being introduced at X. The design was then modified further by technicians and faculty at X prior to its introduction this past Spring.

Freeman, R. W., & Adrezin, R. S., & Foley, A. (2019, June), Bilge Pumps as Introductory Mechanical Engineering Design Projects Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32156

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