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Instrumentation For A New Strength Of Materials Laboratory

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

End Date

June 25, 2003



Conference Session

New Approaches in Engineering Curriculum

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8.717.1 - 8.717.9



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Mysore Narayanan

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Session No. 3460

Instrumentation for A New Strength of Materials Laboratory

Mysore Narayanan Miami University


In order to provide the students with practical knowledge and hands-on laboratory experience, and with a view to emphasize the importance of bending moments and shear force diagrams, it was decided to create a new strength of materials laboratory for the engineering technology program at Miami University Hamilton Campus. The main objective was to encourage students to accomplish a variety of tasks, particularly in the area of materials science and strength of materials. However, the principal focus was to conduct detailed mathematical analysis pertaining to the study flexure of beams, with particular emphasis on bending moment and shear force diagrams, stress, strain, deflection, catenary curves and other properties. The students will be able to generate appropriate and relevant engineering data that would be successfully utilized in a real-world situation, such as building a bridge to transport heavy equipment.

In this project, the author reports on the results, accomplishments and milestones achieved. Eventually, when student groups work on their experimental project, they would be able to understand and appreciate the needs and necessities of engineering design methodologies. They will also be able to effectively utilize and apply the knowledge gathered and gained during the study period of several semesters, in a variety of courses. Whenever appropriate, comparisons are made and analogies are provided, so that the students will be able to identify the similarities that exist between mechanical, electrical and thermal models. While conducting and completing this experiment, the students are strongly encouraged to apply their knowledge of physics, chemistry, mathematics, electric circuit analysis, materials science, statics, strength of materials, dynamics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer. Further, it was also essential that the new lab satisfied several key elements pertaining to Miami University’s Plan for Liberal Education.

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

Narayanan, M. (2003, June), Instrumentation For A New Strength Of Materials Laboratory Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12359

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