Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Fluid power is a sophomore course offered in Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) at the University. The course includes a lecture section and a lab section that is offered every semester. The lab section includes hydraulic and pneumatic lab activities with the latter being recently developed. However, the pneumatic lab activities are based on prescribed instructions for students to build a circuit and manually operate it to observe certain behavior. With an increase of automation technology applications in industry, students should be able to build and run pneumatic circuits automatically.
This paper reports the results of developing pneumatic lab activities that include the design, simulation, and testing such circuits using Automation Studio software and Programmable Logic Control (PLC). This serves as the first phase of a two-phase study with the ultimate goal of collecting and incorporating students’ feedback on these newly-developed lab activities for course improvement. The paper will also include samples of lab activities, questions for students, and topics that should be covered in the lecture section of the course. The latter is of particular importance sine the course is traditionally for MET students who may not have a prior knowledge on PLC.
Alavizadeh, A., & Mikhail, M. (2018, June), Developing PLC-based Pneumatic Lab Activities for an Undergraduate Course on Fluid Power Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30309
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