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Board 139: MAKER: Design and Build a New Concrete Block to Make the Curved Roofs

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Make It!

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Eshan Ghotbi Alfred University

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Dr Ehsan Ghotbi is an Assistant Professor at Mechanical Engineering Department at Alfred University in Alfred, NY. His interests include Design Optimization, Renewable Energy, Engineering Economy and Learning Process. He is teaching Kinematic and Dynamic Analysis of Machinery, Machine Design, Engineering Economics, Engineering Optimization and Vibration to Undergraduate and Graduate Students.

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This paper presents a senior design project that students worked on it over a year. The project is about design and building a new mold to produce the concrete blocks which they can make the curved roofs. The traditional concrete blocks can make vertical walls but this new concrete block can make the curved roofs. There were 3 senior undergraduate students with Mechanical Engineering Major and 1 senior undergraduate student from Material Science were involved in this senior design project. A local concrete block company was part of this collaboration. In phase I of this project, the students worked on the design of the mold. It took almost 4 months to come out with final design drawings. On second phase, the mold was ordered to be built based on the design. BESSER Company in Michigan built the mold for this project then the concrete blocks produced by using this mold. On phase III, the students construct a building by using this new concrete blocks. One patent was filed and approved for this design. The project is still going forward with the new groups of students.

Ghotbi, E. (2018, June), Board 139: MAKER: Design and Build a New Concrete Block to Make the Curved Roofs Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--29938

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