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How to Design Stronger and Lighter Products – A Term Project for A Composite Materials Course
Composite materials are widely used due to their advantages such as high strength to weight ratios, high corrosion resistance, high fatigue life in cyclic loading, and greater feasibility for styling and design. This paper presents the development of a new course project focusing on the novel use of composite materials to promote enhanced performance and safety while reducing the mass and cost of various products. In order to stimulate the students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills, the students are required to study the product specifications, analyze the design requirements, perform engineering analysis, and propose several design approaches. The goal of the project is to achieve the maximum mass reduction by the maximum usage of composite materials. With the aid of advanced simulation software, the students are able to optimize their design.
Composite materials are widely used in diverse applications due to their advantages such as high strength to weight ratios, high corrosion resistance, high fatigue life in cyclic loading, and greater feasibility in styling and design. From aircraft, spacecraft, submarines, and surface ships to civil structures, automobiles, and sporting goods, advanced composite materials consisting of high strength fibers embedded in matrix materials are gaining increasing popularity. The course learning objectives (CLOs) of MECH-582, “Mechanics, Process, and Design Simulation of Fiber-Reinforced Composite Materials” at Kettering University are:
≠ Understand the fundamental properties of composite materials; ≠ Demonstrate proficiency in the application of the fundamental principles for mechanics of composite materials; ≠ Demonstrate proficiency with the application of modern theoretical analysis techniques to mechanical systems with composite materials; ≠ Demonstrate proficiency with the application of computational analysis techniques for mechanical systems with composite materials; ≠ Understand the manufacturing processes and cost analysis in composite materials; ≠ Demonstrate effective communication and teamwork skills through technical presentations and reports in term projects.
The Mechanical Engineering Department of Kettering University has an enrollment of 1300 students. The university offers one of the largest cooperative educational programs in the country, and strives to provide its students with top quality classroom instruction, state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and career oriented work-experience in industry. The mission of the Plastic Product Design Specialty (PPDS) is to prepare the student as an entry-level product or process engineer with the appropriate plastic specialty knowledge for the first five years of their careers. Students gain the basic skills to
Dong, Y., & El-Sayed, J., & Kowalski, H. (2010, June), How To Design Stronger And Lighter Products – A Term Project For A Composite Materials Course Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. https://peer.asee.org/16790
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