June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
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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