June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Electrical and Computer
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Lab and Team Project Development for Engineering Problem Solving using MATLAB, with Emphasis on Solar Power and Engineering for SustainabilityAs the cost to manufacture solar panels continues to decrease and their efficiency increases, solarenergy proves to be a viable alternative energy source that enables sustainable living. This hasimplications for all engineering disciplines since cost effective solar energy development is aninterdisciplinary effort. Thus basic understanding of the principles and operations of solar poweris imperative for engineering students of the next generation. To increase the awareness andfamiliarity of solar power among engineering students, we modify the curriculum of anintroductory MATLAB-based Engineering Problem Solving course (ENG6) to focus the themeof the course around engineering for sustainability. Specifically, weekly computer-basedlaboratory exercises, an individual term project, and a team-based final project are redesigned toteach topics in solar panel array design, wind power generation, rain water collection, reducinggreenhouse gas emissions, and other technologies to exploit renewable resources, in addition tofundamentals of technical computing using MATLAB. To supplement the programmingexercises, a solar characterization hardware module based on the Arduino platform is developed.The hardware module allows students to program a digital potentiometer and to measure theoutput of a solar cell. The module provides students with practical hands-on experience in simplehardware programming and control, in addition to performing simple measurements. This paperdescribes the development and implementation of the new course materials and the ArduinoSolar Module. Challenges, outcomes, and future directions are also discussed.
Hsu, S. W., & Amirtharajah, R., & knoesen, A. (2013, June), Lab and Team Project Development for Engineering Problem Solving using MATLAB, with Emphasis on Solar Power and Engineering for Sustainability Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19855
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