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Development of Modules for Teaching Fluid Power Concepts

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

October 19, 2019

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Issues in Mechanical Engineering Technology II

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Engineering Technology

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Jorge Rodriguez P.E. Western Michigan University

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Professor in the Department of Engineering Design, Manufacturing, and Management Systems (EDMMS) at Western Michigan University's (WMU). Co-Director of the Center for Integrated Design (CID), and currently the college representative to the President’s University-wide Sustainability Committee at WMU. Received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering-Design from University of Wisconsin-Madison and received an MBA from Rutgers University. His B.S. degree was in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at Monterrey Tech (ITESM-Monterrey Campus). Teaches courses in CAD/CAE, Mechanical Design, Finite Element Method and Optimization. His interest are in the area of product development, topology optimization, additive manufacturing, sustainable design, and biomechanics.

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Alamgir A. Choudhury P.E. Western Michigan University

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Alamgir A. Choudhury is an Associate Professor of Engineering Design, Manufacturing and Management Systems at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. His MS and PhD are in mechanical engineering from NMSU (Las Cruces) and BS in mechanical engineering from BUET (Dhaka). His interest includes computer applications in curriculum, MCAE, mechanics, fluid power, and instrumentation & control. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio and affiliated with ASME, ASEE, SME and TAP.

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The subject of fluid power has gone through changes as modes of power transmission in transportation, industrial and aerospace application have evolved. Though this technology has matured over many decades, there is a growing demand for more compact and efficient systems in products. This requires integration of fluid power in traditional engineering and technology curricula. Considering the demand of knowledge and skill in program graduates, introduction of additional new subject in an existing program is a challenge. At the same time, a growing body of non-traditional and working students in undergraduate institutions demand flexibility in curriculum offering.

To incorporate fluid power in existing curriculum a flexible approach is utilized. In this paper, a modular form of an upper level fluid power curriculum is presented. The development consists of lecture and lab materials, with proper linking and integration. Technical topics are presented under the scope of energy efficiency, systems integration, and hybrid engineering, which will allow integration into existing curriculum in current programs without the need for additional new courses. Learning outcomes of the curriculum were established, and assessment of student learning based on input from industrial constituents will be conducted.

It is expected that the development of these six modules will address the limited exposure to fluid power that current students of engineering and engineering technology programs have, thus allowing them to consider careers in the hydraulic fluid power industry. The initial implementation of the proposed development will take place in the Fall semester of 2019.

Rodriguez, J., & Choudhury, A. A. (2019, June), Development of Modules for Teaching Fluid Power Concepts Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32659

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