June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Measurement plays a vital role in assessing and controlling the performance of a lab activity and/or an experiment. One of the courses in Mechanical Engineering Technology is fluid power in which hydraulic and pneumatic systems are discussed. The course consists of a lecture and a lab components. Although there are undergoing projects to develop a state-of-the-art pneumatic lab, one needs to integrate measurement equipment, such as position feedback cylinders, into the lab activities so student can obtain tangible information when monitoring the system. Furthermore, such instruments can be utilized in senior projects pertaining to pneumatics wherever needed. The present paper describes the design and development of new pneumatic lab activities in a collaboration with an industrial partner who provides the necessary equipment. The objectives of the project are: - To develop lab activities using software (for circuit design) and pneumatic components (for building the circuit) with measurement instruments in pneumatic circuits. - To expand the lab capabilities to cater to senior students who wish to work on an applied project on pneumatics. - To provide a state-of-the-art facility for the industrial partner for research and development purposes. Included in the paper are details of the activity objectives, drawings, and how these activities would enable students to take measurements and interpret the results.
Alavizadeh, A., & Mikhail, M. (2017, June), Integrating Measurement Instruments in Pneumatic Lab Activities Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/28556
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