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Architectural Engineering and Construction Engineering
This paper seeks to evaluate the challenges and successes in incorporating a beam fabrication module into a Concrete 1 engineering design class for Architecture and Architectural Engineering students. While this class is usually taught in a lecture format, the inclusion of a hands-on activity aimed to accomplish the following goals:
• Student learning about principles of flexure and shear through hands-on exercises • Engage students in course material by giving the first-hand experiences with concrete construction • Structure task to encourage competition between small groups • Prompt students to consider multiple solutions to a given problem • Involve other learning settings to give students a more well-rounded educational experience • Help students visualize engineering principles • Give students an opportunity to apply flexure and shear equations from ACI-318 to a physical model
The beam fabrication project consisted of three parts:
1) Beam Fabrication, wherein students designed and fabricated reinforcement configurations, mixed concrete in a lab setting, and cast concrete into forms 2) Beam Testing, wherein students utilized a beam press to apply load to their beams until failure was reached 3) Beam Report, wherein students produced a report of their experience. The report included an application of capacity equations for shear and flexure, conclusions pertaining to failure mechanisms, as well as photos of the project. The report also included a survey for students to assess the educational goals of the project.
This paper contains a review of past exercises and outlines resources used, parameters of project, student deliverables, and a survey of learning outcomes.
McCoy, C., & Phillips, J. J. (2020, June), Engaging Students Through Concrete Beam Fabrication Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34543
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