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Making Connections Between Applications and Theory Through Energy in Fluid Power

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Issues in Mechanical Engineering Technology I

Tagged Division

Engineering Technology

Page Count

6

DOI

10.18260/1-2--33077

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https://peer.asee.org/33077

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76

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Jose M. Garcia Purdue University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-3017-3354

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Dr. Jose Garcia has been involved in several local and statewide recruitment events, where he was able to develop short workshops in fluid power and STEM. He is also working on the development of a new generation of hydraulic components and systems that can operate using environmentally friendlier fluids. Dr. Garcia has plans to actively continue the development of practical teaching tools that bring industry applications to the classroom.

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Brittany Newell Purdue University

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r. Brittany Newell is an assistant professor at Purdue University in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute School of Engineering Technology. Brittany received her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue University and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Purdue University. She then worked in industry as a Quality Manager for a contract manufacturing company before joining the Purdue faculty. Brittany completed her Ph.D. in the field of electroactive polymers for industrial applications. He current research interests are focused on adaptive structures, energy transduction, and methods of manufacturing these materials. She focuses on additive manufacturing techniques for material sensors and actuators and their characterization and production.

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Erika Dawn Bonnett Virginia Tech

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Erika Bonnett is an Extension Specialist-4-H Program Development at Virginia Tech. She recently finished her Ph.D. at Purdue University, Purdue Polytechnic with a focus on engineering education and fluid power education in a K-12 setting. Dr. Bonnett has experience working with the Cooperative Extension system as an educator and specialist for Purdue, Virginia Tech, and Texas A&M.

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Jorge Andres Leon-Quiroga Purdue University

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Jorge Leon-Quiroga received a bachelor degree (2015) and a master degree (2017) in mechanical engineering from the University of the Andes (Bogota, Colombia). He has research experience in CFD (Computational fluid dynamics), fluid power, and vehicle dynamics. In August 2017, he started with his doctoral studies at Purdue University. Currently, his research interests are hydraulic hybrid vehicles, and vehicle dynamics.

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Abstract

This work presents the introduction of an of activity designed to help students enrolled in a basic fluid power course for the second year of the Mechanical Engineering Technology at our University. The students reflect on their own learning experience of energy in the context of a fluid power class (hydraulics and pneumatics). This educational research project started with the initial goal of highlighting students’ energy literacy, and the relevance of this topic with respect to the course materials. Initially, one course learning objective was selected, and the specific course topics related to that objective were identified. A specific in-class assignment was developed for the purpose of highlighting the connections between the class material and general energy concepts. The activity during class required the students to use the Bernoulli equation in a guided step by step process to estimate at the energy requirements in a hydraulic system. After this activity, the students were given a survey to provide their own perspective about their perceived knowledge about energy and how these activities were of importance to them in their career. A total of 86 students responded to the survey. Approximately 45% agreed this activity will be useful in their future career and 30% responded that this activity helped them increase their interest in the topic. This project is investigating how creating active learning tasks in fluid power classes allowed students to direct their learning and apply energy concept and theory based on actual experience working on focused problems. This work in progress article documents preliminary results from the first implementation of the activity and survey in a class.

Garcia, J. M., & Newell, B., & Bonnett, E. D., & Leon-Quiroga, J. A. (2019, June), Making Connections Between Applications and Theory Through Energy in Fluid Power Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33077

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