June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Inclusion of Safety Discipline into Pneumatic and Hydraulics Lab Activities
Safety issues are critical components for corporate sustainability. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were a total of 4,679 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2014, which indicated an overall increase of 2% over the fatal injuries recorded in 2013.
Hydraulics and pneumatics are two key components of the majority of industrial applications such as transportation and packaging systems. The undergraduate curriculum of Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) at various universities typically includes a course on fluid power which has a lecture and a lab component. The focus of the lab activities are often on the application of principles covered in the lecture and observing how the system works in a hands-on laboratory. However, the extent to which safety, especially risk assessment, is being discussed in such a course, either in lecture or lab within the engineering technology discipline, is unknown.
The goal of the paper is twofold: (1) to determine whether safety issues/protocols are being covered during undergraduate hydraulics and pneumatics course lectures and/or in laboratory, and (2) to discuss the process and implementation plan to include safety as an integral component in all hydraulics and pneumatics lab activities to enhance students’ competencies. The latter is of particular interest to the authors because the findings from this research would be integrated into a state-of-the-art fluid power laboratory that is currently in the developing stage with an industrial partner. Furthermore, this laboratory will be utilized by both the industry for training and development purposes and by our MET students. The authors will share the results of the study and the process of development and implementation of risk assessment in hydraulics and pneumatics lab activities.
Nakayama, S., & Alavizadeh, A. (2017, June), Inclusion of Safety Discipline into Pneumatic and Hydraulics Lab Activities Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28501
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