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Enhanced 3-D Printing for Energy Harvesting Project Implementation into Green Energy Manufacturing Laboratory

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Design & Development Projects and Practices

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Richard Chiou Drexel University (Eng. & Eng. Tech.)

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Dr. Richard Chiou is Associate Professor within the Engineering Technology Department at Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA. He received his Ph.D. degree in the G.W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. His educational background is in manufacturing with an emphasis on mechatronics. In addition to his many years of industrial experience, he has taught many different engineering and technology courses at undergraduate and graduate levels. His tremendous research experience in manufacturing includes environmentally conscious manufacturing, Internet based robotics, and Web based quality. In the past years, he has been involved in sustainable manufacturing for maximizing energy and material recovery while minimizing environmental impact.

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Michael G Mauk P.E. Drexel University

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Michael Mauk is Assistant Professor in Drexel University's Engineering Technology program.

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Tzu-Liang Bill Tseng University of Texas, El Paso

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Dr. Tseng is a Professor and Chair of Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering at UTEP. His research focuses on the computational intelligence, data mining, bio- informatics and advanced manufacturing. Dr. Tseng published in many refereed journals such as IEEE Transactions, IIE Transaction, Journal of Manufacturing Systems and others. He has been serving as a principle investigator of many research projects, funded by NSF, NASA, DoEd, KSEF and LMC. He is currently serving as an editor of Journal of Computer Standards & Interfaces.

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Sanjay Jayadev Drexel University (Eng. & Eng. Tech.)

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Carlos Michael Ruiz Drexel University (Eng. & Eng. Tech.)

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Renewable energy courses offer in-depth information of renewable energy resources. Such information includes the manufacturing of photovoltaics, fuel cells, wind turbines, etc. Simple laboratory experimental modules are often available on the market for purchase. Current modules feature complete system assemblies that require student interface for measurements. Although these educational modules are completed exceptionally well for student learning, the modules often lack involvement of student interdisciplinary challenges to encourage creativity and problem-solving skills. Information and educational modules of renewable energy technology are focused based. Learning the 3-D printing technology offers students a greater ingenuity of information and promotes students’ interdisciplinary skills in integration of 3-D printing with renewable energy systems. The students were given multiple projects within the Green Energy Manufacturing course. Projects included circuit schematics of battery charging, direct power to LEDs/motors, and cost-effective systems to implement energy storage and usage from renewable energy sources. The course also contains laboratory experiments that enable students to determine wind turbine efficiency using 3D modeling and printing. The customized printed blades were used to determine the best angle for wind energy efficiency. Interactive project based learning, in coherence to lecture material, gives students an incentive to seek creative solutions to accomplishing project goals. Their experiences of conducting research; learning the research methodology and its impact on the overall education will be highlighted in the paper.

Chiou, R., & Mauk, M. G., & Tseng, T. B., & Jayadev, S., & Ruiz, C. M. (2018, June), Enhanced 3-D Printing for Energy Harvesting Project Implementation into Green Energy Manufacturing Laboratory Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30422

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