San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
25.916.1 - 25.916.19
Green Plastics Manufacturing Technology (GPMT)One of the most important subjects in any engineering technology program ismanufacturing. Manufacturing involves a complex system of materials, machines and people.Most subjects of the curriculum in manufacturing focus on teaching the fundamentals of currentmaterials (i.e., metals, ceramics, composites, and petroleum based plastics) and processes;however, few prepare students to work with a broad range of new/future materials, particularlygreen materials (such as, green nano-materials, biodegradable polymers, and eco friendly-hybridmaterials) in advanced manufacturing technology. Further, the current approach to teachingmaterials technology does not appeal to students studying new manufacturing processes andsystems for "Green Plastics Manufacturing Technology" (GPMT). A multidisciplinary field,plastics manufacturing technology deals with product design,prototyping and modeling, production and process design, materials testing and characterization,process automation and robotics, and quality control. "Green Plastics ManufacturingTechnology" (GPMT) is an emerging discipline that encompasses a range of activities, from theresearch and development of non-toxic, eco-friendly materials to the reduction of waste andpollution through changing patterns of production and consumption. The primary goal of thestudy is to transform the exiting materials and manufacturing curriculum to keep pace with thenew green technologies in the manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology/packagingscience programs at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). We will present a pilot test resultof an educational approach and undergraduate teaching modules for Green PlasticsManufacturing Technology within foundational courses in the materials and manufacturingeducation.
Kim, S. S., & Dell, E., & Castro-Cedeno, M. H. (2012, June), Materials Education for Green Plastics Manufacturing Technology (GPMT) Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21673
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