San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
25.790.1 - 25.790.16
Integrated Hands-On Dynamics Laboratories in the ClassroomAbstractHands-on learning and experimentation are very important aspects of mechanical engineeringeducation. Unfortunately, the integration of mechanical system demonstrations, laboratoryactivities, and their relevant assignments into mechanical engineering coursework are not alwayseasily accomplished or cost effective. At Robert Morris University, the curriculum is gearedtoward hands-on laboratories that coincide with the classroom theory. In order to better illustratemechanical systems concepts, collaboration between the manufacturing and mechanicalengineering professors has led to development of a number of laboratory sets based-on VEXRobotics Development System. These sets have been used throughout the curriculum to provideeducational, hands-on examples where the students can employ theoretical concepts andassociated mathematical models to solve real-life engineering problems. In the process, thestudents remain engaged by conducting simple experiments and collecting data throughacquisition sensors of VEX mechanisms, utilizing Working Model or Solid Works MotionStudy software tools for numerical analysis, and comparing analytical, numerical andexperimental results in their discussions of the mechanisms or machines in question. Althoughthe emphasis of these laboratories is on matching the setups to the current classroom mechanicalengineering topics, there is also an added goal of maintaining a real-world entertainment value inclassroom activities in addition to having flexible laboratory construction system for a widerange of possibilities and relative ease of dissemination to other mechanical engineeringprograms.
Sirinterlikci, A., & Kerzmann, T. L. (2012, June), Integrated Hands-on Dynamics Laboratories in the Classroom Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/21547
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