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Engineering Materials A Necessary Component Of A Course On Manufacturing Processes

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Materials and Manufacturing Processes

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8.503.1 - 8.503.8

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Prince Anyalebechi

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Session 2522

Engineering Materials - A Necessary Component of a Course on Manufacturing Processes

Prince N. Anyalebechi

Padnos School of Engineering Grand Valley State University Grand Rapids, MI


Courses on manufacturing processes vary significantly in content from one engineering program to another. This is usually predicated on the mission of the particular engineering department. This, in turn, is conditioned by the local industry around the school and the academic and industrial backgrounds and experiences of the faculty. The depth, breadth, and technical rigor is usually determined by whether it is a traditional engineering or an engineering technology program and whether it is an ABET approved course. Traditionally, courses on manufacturing processes in many engineering departments emphasize just design and/or metal machining processes and little of anything else. Often the courses are devoid of two important elements namely the: (i) the interactions between design and manufacturing processes, and (ii) interaction between materials and process variables. This approach usually produces graduates who are limited in their ability to solve non-machine related production problems. In this paper, the case is made for making the knowledge of engineering materials and how they affect product (even machine) design and interact with process variables a necessary and critical component of a manufacturing processes course.

1. Introduction

Engineering materials have always been an integral part of the culture and civilization of humanity. This fact is captured very well in the following comments:

"The materials which we use for everyday purposes influence our whole culture, economy, and politics far more deeply than we are inclined to admit; this is indeed, recognized by the archaeologists when they talk about the "stone age", the "bronze age", and the "iron age."" (J. E. Gordon, The New Science of Materials[1])

"The economic prosperity, environmental well being, and quality of life are linked to the development of advanced materials and processing technologies. Improved materials and processes can contribute to a

Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright© 2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Anyalebechi, P. (2003, June), Engineering Materials A Necessary Component Of A Course On Manufacturing Processes Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee.

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