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Design and Development of Pneumatic Lab Activities for a Course on Fluid Power

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Instrumentation Division Technical Session 1

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Mohit Raj Verma Purdue University, Calumet (College of Technology)

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Mohit Raj Verma received his Mechanical Engineering degree from Purdue University in 2014 and after two years of engineering practice and teaching, continued his education at Purdue University Northwest in College of Technology where he is pursuing his M.S. in both Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Technology. He is very fond of learning new things and technology. As an undergraduate he balanced a rigorous course load and a number of extracurricular activities that have allowed him to enhance his skills. Specific to engineering, through his academic project work he have developed abilities in 3-D design and modeling, an understanding of materials and mechanics, and have practiced in different manufacturing technologies. In his Machine Design and Fluid Mechanics course, he along with his teammates created a hydro-controlled arm. He also developed a strong interpersonal and communication skills. Throughout all of his experiences, he has used his dedication to efficient and creative problem solving and his ability to prioritize and manage competing demands to positive ends. He is very eager to apply his engineering knowledge and skills to respective organization or company.

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Ali Alavizadeh Purdue University Northwest

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Hydraulics and pneumatics are two key components of the majority of industrial applications such as packaging systems. The advent of new instruments such as Programmable Logic controllers (PLC), and recent industrial trend of moving more towards pneumatic applications, have drastically changed the application of hydraulics and pneumatics. At higher education institutions, therefore, one needs to modify, or create new, lab activities to better prepare students to better prepare for the challenges ahead.

For this project Automation Studio (6th edition) will be used, which is an innovative system design, simulation and project documentation software solution for the design and support of automation and fluid power systems. Lab Activities will be based on both manual experimentations with pneumatic components as well as using simulation software. Lab will include use of components like directional valves, actuators, control valves etc. Combination of which will help students to understand the use and the application where these components can be used. Also students will learn more about the use of PLC controls and how to debug them, which is very much in demand right now.

Verma, M. R., & Alavizadeh, A. (2017, June), Design and Development of Pneumatic Lab Activities for a Course on Fluid Power Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28110

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