June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
October 19, 2019
Experimentation and Laboratory-Oriented Studies
The institution is one of ten statewide extensions of the primary state university and is located about an hour south of Indianapolis in an economic region dominated by manufacturing. Just less than 40% of the workforce in this 10 county region is directly employed by the manufacturing industry. The primary employer in the region is diesel-engine manufacturer Cummins, Inc. but there are many others including Toyota, Honda, Faurecia, NTN Driveshaft, Valeo, and Aisin. Most of the manufacturing industry is related to automobile production. The organization is unique among higher education institutions due to a partnership with diesel-engine manufacturer Cummins Inc. that has led to an environmentally-controlled metrology lab located within the university facility. The lab contains a calibrated coordinate measuring machine, calibrated tensile tester, a surface finish instrument, a roundness tester and a plethora of donated hand tools including calipers, micrometers, height gauges, bore gauges, PI tapes, sine blocks, and several sets of gauge blocks. The challenge has been to integrate measurement activities into a curriculum and an academic program that has not historically emphasized measurement. One effort is to utilize a first-semester “gateway” class to introduce measurement concepts as a way to foster further measurement emphasis throughout the curriculum. The institution is using modernized teaching methods that are “research-proven, state-of-the-art teaching methods that are different, fun, challenging and more effective.” This gateway class attempts to integrate nearly all facets of the measurement lab into the learn-by-doing activities to provide a fun, unparalleled experience for the first-time students. Activities described in the paper include micrometer calibration using gauge blocks, a study of springs using a height gauge and mass standards, pressure and force measurements of footballs, load-displacement characteristics of various bandages, and calculation of volume and surface area of various objects using calipers, micrometers, and rulers. In all cases, students are required to summarize data by developing graphs and tables using spreadsheet software. This proposal includes a “BYOE” element and involves demonstrating the use of Vernier calipers with several 3D printed artifacts to enhance the presentation.
Fuehne, J. P. (2019, June), Laboratory Measurement Activities in a First-Year Engineering Technology Class Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33042
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