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Integrating Measurement Instruments in Pneumatic Lab Activities

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Instrumentation Division Technical Session 2

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Ali Alavizadeh Purdue University Northwest

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Dr. Ali Alavizadeh is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering Technology at Purdue University Northwest (Hammond, IN). Previously, he taught at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne (Fort Wayne, Indiana), The George Washington University (Washington, DC), and Morehead State University (Morehead, KY) in the areas of Industrial Engineering Technology, and Engineering Management and Systems Engineering. His industrial experiences include software engineering, systems engineering and analysis, and production optimization for private, governmental, and nongovernmental organizations. His research interests include complex systems modeling and simulation and systems engineering, and their application in healthcare and aerospace.

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Maged Mikhail Purdue University Northwest

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Dr. Maged B.Mikhail, Assistant Professor, Mechatronics Engineering Technology Ph.D., Electrical Engineering,
Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee, August 2013. Dissertation title: ”Development
of Integrated Decision Fusion Software System For Aircraft Structural Health Monitoring” M.S., Electrical
Engineering, Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee, May 2009. Thesis title: ”Development
of Software System for Control and Coordination of Tasks among Mobile Robot and Robotic Arm.” B.S.,
Electrical Engineering University of El Mina Cairo, Egypt, May 2001.

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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. 10.18260/1-2--28556

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