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Laboratory Design to Enhance Understanding of Statics for Aeronautical Engineering Technology Students

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

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Division for Experimentation & Lab-oriented Studies Technical Session 3

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Experimentation and Laboratory-Oriented Studies

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Brian Kozak Purdue Polytechnic Institute

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Dr. Brian J. Kozak is a faculty member in the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology at Purdue University where he teaches in the Unmanned Aerial Systems and Aeronautical Engineering Technology majors. He also teaches at the graduate level. Dr. Kozak developed new courses on aeronautical statics, autonomous vehicle operations, and drone operations in outdoor flight environments. He is currently collaborating with industry partners to teach skills that are required for a new generation of aviation graduates.

Dr. Kozak earned his B.S. in Applied Physics, B.S. in Interdisciplinary Science, M.S. in Aviation and Aerospace Management, and Ph.D. in Technology from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He has strong personal interests in aviation where he enjoys piloting aircraft and building a composite airplane. Dr. Kozak holds FAA private pilot, airframe and powerplant, and remote pilot certificates

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Chenyu Huang Purdue University

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Chenyu Huang is a current Post-doc Researcher in the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology at Purdue University with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Masters’ Degrees in Air Traffic Planning and Management, and Aerospace and Aviation Management, Ph.D. degree focused on Aviation Safety Support Systems, Avionics, and Aviation Operations from Purdue University. Chenyu is also a current FAA Certified Advanced Ground Instructor. He has been immersed in a wide range of aviation related research work, and has expertise in solving cutting-edge aviation problems, such as aviation data analytics and modeling, UAS operations, air traffic management automation, flight safety enhancement, aviation emissions assessment, and engineering applications on aviation operations. He has worked closely with related industry leaders and aviation authorities, including Boeing, United Airlines, Jeppesen, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Air Traffic Management Bureau of China.

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Students majoring in Aeronautical Engineering Technology (AET) are expected to have a unique blend of theoretical knowledge and hands-on skills. An appropriate educational pathway is crucial to foster the development of these skills. Statics is one of the theoretical courses that have been viewed as difficult for students to relate classroom skills to the actual needs of their future careers. In order to deliver a successful statics course for AET students, projects are designed as combinations of lecture and laboratory work. In addition, it is important to enable students to associate theoretical knowledge with subjects that they would encounter in the workforce. To better enhance the practical education of AET students, this paper introduces a strategy in the lab session of statics course for AET students. This lab session embraces real-world aeronautical examples from aircraft, so that students can develop analytical skills. Exposure to airworthy aircraft parts is expected to more effectively introduce students to the importance of statics and motivate students to apply theoretical knowledge of statics. During lecture, analogs of typical physical models in statics were introduced and then compared to aircraft parts during a tour of an aircraft hangar. For instance, the supported beam is analogous to the supported high wing on a general aviation aircraft. Analysis of supported beam is described as an example of the designed lab activities in this study. Furthermore, the moment about a point is analogous to the main landing gear of a light general aviation aircraft. This type of lab work allows students to have a better understanding of statics and its applications within aviation.

Kozak, B., & Huang, C. (2018, June), Laboratory Design to Enhance Understanding of Statics for Aeronautical Engineering Technology Students Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30748

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