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Integration of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Preliminary Design Capstone Courses

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Conference

2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Design Across Disciplines

Tagged Division

Design in Engineering Education

Page Count

16

Page Numbers

25.819.1 - 25.819.16

DOI

10.18260/1-2--21576

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https://strategy.asee.org/21576

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Brenda A. Haven Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott

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Brenda Haven teaches thermodynamics and three jet propulsion courses at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). Prior to coming to ERAU in 2008, Haven retired from the Air Force after 25 years working as an engineer in support of the F-15 fighter, advanced turbine engine research and development, and as a professor at the Air Force Academy.

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Michael Kenneth Fabian Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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Michael Kenneth Fabian teaches thermodynamics, jet and rocket propulsion, and thermal power conversion courses at ERAU. He retired from the Air Force after 25 years and worked on advanced rocket engines, jet engines, and directed energy weapons. He was Program Manager for the first Lamilloy turbine, Branch Chief for world’s first cryogenic full-flow rocket cycle, Deputy Director for Propulsion Directorate developing next generation jet engines with three flow paths instead of turbofan’s two paths, and Faculty Advisor for ERAU Jet Dragster Project, Formula Research Club (March race car chassis), University Space Launch Initiative Club. He has a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, University of Notre Dame, 1995, M.S. in aeronautics and sstronautics, University of Washington, 1989, (Oates Fellow), and a B.S. in aeronautical engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, 1984. Email: fabianm1@erau.edu.

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Alexander James Herring General Electric - Aviation

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Alexander James Herring is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Prescott Campus with B.S. degrees in aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering. He is currently working for GE as a turbine engine component designer.

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Marissa Pinnola Purdue University

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Marissa Pinnola graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, with a B.S. mechanical engineering in 2011. She is currently a student at Purdue University working towards her M.S. in mechanical engineering. Her current research focuses on forced response issues in high-speed axial compressors.

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Devan DUPLICATE Berg Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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Devan Berg is a recent mechanical engineering graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Currently, he is seeking full-time employment within the aerospace industry. Specifically, he would like to make contributions toward the advancement of the gas turbine engine.

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Abstract

Integration of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Preliminary Design Capstone CoursesThis is one of two papers describing the propulsion capstone design experience at our university.In 2007, we began accepting freshmen for the first time into our Mechanical Engineering (ME)program. In the 2010-2011 academic year, we offered for the first time the new ME capstonedesign courses with concentrations in either air-breathing propulsion or robotics. This paperdescribes the propulsion preliminary design course; a second paper will focus on the follow-onpropulsion detail design course.The first graduating class of ME majors included three students in the propulsion track. Themutual dependence of the new propulsion track and well-established aircraft preliminary designcourse under our Aerospace Engineering (AE) program made the integration of the MEpropulsion and AE aircraft projects an attractive proposition. This paper discusses this teamedrelationship, the design process, the various design phases throughout the semester, and somedetails of the resulting engine cycle and preliminary component designs for the inlet, nozzle,compressor, and turbine. In addition, the assessment of the course outcomes: demonstratingcommunication competence and proficiency in engineering design via a capstone experience, bymembers of our Industrial Advisory Board will be discussed.As this was the first time the course was offered with a small group of students, this paper willalso discuss the lessons learned as well as future adaptations that will be needed as thepopulation of students within the propulsion track increases as the overall ME program grows.

Haven, B. A., & Fabian, M. K., & Herring, A. J., & Pinnola, M., & Berg, D. D. (2012, June), Integration of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Preliminary Design Capstone Courses Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21576

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