New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
More general field of mechanical design involves the design of several Machine Elements, which are elementary components of a machine. To design mechanical devices and systems therefore, one must be competent in the design of individual machine elements that comprise the system. To this effect Machine Design courses cover general topics such as the principles of strength of materials, the design properties of materials, combined stresses, design for different types of loading, and the analysis and design of columns and beams as well as primary machine elements such as belt drives, chain drives, gears, shafts, keys, couplings, seals, and rolling contact elements. The contents of the course involve extensive procedures and complex calculations. However this knowledge alone is not suficient in the modern context where the students are expected to be able to integrate several components and devices into a coordinated, robust system, involving several decisions, and should be able to understand and evaluate the impact of such engineering designs in the society.
With the aim of getting and showcasing these abilities, a Graduation Project entitled ‘A Rotating Display Boasting the Greatness of Mechanical Engineering’ was undertaken by a group of three students from the x university. The display was a dodecahedron, a solid made up of 12 regular pentagons, which represents the universe in the Platonic solids. The displays included the Model T car, concord aircraft and composite materials as well as Newton and Einstein. A vertical shaft driven by an AC motor through a drive system containing belt, gear and chain drives and other elements carried the dodecahedron. The system was aimed to attract potential students to choose mechanical engineering specialization. The paper describes the system, learning experience and lessons learned.
Sivaloganathan, S., & Omar, F. K. (2016, June), Designing with Lessons from the Machine Design Course: A Capstone Experience Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26706
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