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Development Of A Maintenance Engineering Laboratory

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Trends in Nuclear Education II

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7.409.1 - 7.409.6



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Wesley Hines

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Belle Upadhyaya

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Development of a Maintenance Engineering Laboratory

B.R. Upadhyaya, J.W. Hines, J.P. McClanahan, N.A. Johansen Nuclear Engineering Department, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Abstract The paper outlines the development of a senior-level laboratory for demonstration and hands-on activities related to various maintenance technologies. This laboratory has been developed as part of a course entitled Introduction to Maintenance Engineering, which is designed for seniors and first-year graduate students in engineering. The course and the accompanying laboratory were developed at The University of Tennessee under an NSF-CRCD grant. Students learn the principles of various maintenance technologies as they are practiced by U.S. industry. Six laboratory modules, spanning the important maintenance technologies, are currently available. The scope of the Laboratory has been enhanced by providing Internet access to machinery data.

1. Introduction The University of Tennessee, Knoxville has a well-established certificate program in Maintenance and Reliability Engineering. This program is designed primarily for undergraduate students in engineering. In addition, a graduate certificate program in Maintenance and Reliability Engineering is available for both on-campus and distant students 3. The course entitled Introduction to Maintenance Engineering 1 is a required course for both certificate programs. This course, along with three others, were developed under an NSF-CRCD grant. The course is taught for seniors and first-year graduate students in engineering, and is designed in a modular fashion with each module describing a specific topic in maintenance engineering. The course activities include team projects, and cyber-linked student projects2 with student teams in France and Brazil. This independent study component provides experience in team-based activity and coordinating and carrying out project goals when the teams are separated by large distances.

In order to compliment the classroom activities, a Maintenance Engineering Laboratory was developed under the NSF-CRCD grant. This self-contained teaching laboratory helps to improve the infrastructure for both education and research. About 60% of the laboratory equipment was donated by members of the Maintenance and Reliability Center. The following six laboratory modules are currently available. All the modules, except the motor test laboratory, are designed as tabletop experiments. · Machinery vibration monitoring system (including a precision laser alignment system). · A variable speed motor drive for monitoring transient operation and a tabletop motor- generator system to study electrical measurements. · Full-scope motor test laboratory, complete with vibration, electrical, and temperature measurements. · Lubrication oil analysis module. · Eddy current test module. · Ultrasonic test module.

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Hines, W., & Upadhyaya, B. (2002, June), Development Of A Maintenance Engineering Laboratory Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10620

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