San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
25.793.1 - 25.793.18
Integrating Aerospace Research Materials into a Project-Based First-Year Engineering Design CourseFaculty members at a large public university have made significant strides in using project-basedlearning in a first-year engineering course to promote understanding of mathematics and scienceand the practice of engineering. Project specifications developed and utilized for the last sevenyears ensure students use mathematics and science concepts in the engineering process of designand modeling to make performance predictions prior to the build and then use the build to obtainverified results.Seeking to excite freshman students about aerospace materials science applications in the first-year, faculty members and graduate students in the Aerospace Engineering department at theInstitution developed projects involving shape memory alloys (SMAs), which utilize the shapememory effect for shape and actuation control applications. By introducing projects usingSMAs, students learn about their applications, their relationship to the aerospace field, and thepotential for material science as a future research goal. This paper will expand on the workpublished in the proceedings of the 2011 ASEE Conference & Exposition. Through the use ofSMAs and standard Lego Mindstorm kits, the project involves students building andprogramming a Mars-rover type Lego robot to accomplish a mission. In keeping with theaerospace theme, a lightweight material is optimally preferred and central to actuating the robotarm in lieu of a motor-driven arm. By introducing projects using SMAs, students learn abouttheir applications, their relation to the aerospace field, and the potential for material science as afuture research goal. This paper will present specifications for the project developed involvingSMAs, provide details on the implementation and integration of aerospace materials withengineering design and visual programming, and summarize the results of the project.
Richard, J. C., & Shryock, K. J., & Lagoudas, D. C. (2012, June), Integrating Aerospace Research Materials into a Project-based First-year Engineering Design Course Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/21550
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