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June 14, 2015
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SIGNATURE MULTIDISCIPLINARY MATERIALS & MECHANICS TEAMPROJECTThe X Engineering curriculum is structured with engineering science courses that aremultidisciplinary to provide the students with opportunities to be aware of and tounderstand the interconnectedness of energy, materials, and information. Materials &Mechanics was created to provide students with a working foundation for exploring thegoverning principles of materials science and the mechanics of materials. To facilitate theexploration, the students learn strategies to select appropriate materials within the contextof sustainable engineering design via a project/problem-based learning pedagogyintegrated with in-class instruction and the use of on-line/software supplementalresources. Students also advance their knowledge about loads on physical elements whileperforming hands-on laboratory testing and analysis to determine material properties.Students investigate the following mechanics topics: bending stress (includes coverageof shear and moment diagrams and sectional properties), columns, deflection of beams,and torsion in shafts as well as perform laboratory exercises related to use of computeraided design (CAD) to determine sectional properties, and use of a strain gage in thecalculation of bending stress. This paper will describe the use of project/problem-based pedagogy in tandem withexperiential learning strategies to engage students in creating their processes andprocedures for discovering viable solutions. The paper will examine the semester long,team-based, experiential, open-ended, and non-directed signature course project thatrequires students to extend the theories and methods learned in the course in order todesign a product. The students investigate selected materials and justify decisions withevidence collected by testing and mechanical analysis. The project acts as thecomprehensive integrator between the mechanics and materials portions of the class.
Gipson, K. G., & Prins, R. J. (2015, June), Integrative Multidisciplinary Materials and Mechanics Team Project Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24341
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