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June 23, 2013
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MET Senior Projects as a Means of Developing Laboratory Experiments and Equipment for Course LabsAbstractDue to budgetary constraints at many universities, purchasing commercial trainers andequipment is often a difficult proposition. Since ABET requires some sort of a capstone orintegrating experience and it is difficult for many programs to find industry projects at a suitablelevel, senior projects provide a means by which lab equipment can be realized in a cost effectivemanner. At Purdue University Calumet senior design projects are currently developing trainersand experimental equipment for several courses:Fluid Power -- Pneumatic components, PLCs, and solenoid valves are being integrated intotrainers highly recommended by industrial advisory committee members and corporate membersof the Packaging Machinery Manufacturing Institute who also provided equipment donations.Heat Transfer/ Energy Efficiency – Developing optical radiative heat transfer components foruse in heating applications including desalination. The components enable a low cost method forproducing a constant flux heating condition. One approach involves using transparent tubing toform cylindrical lenses with a liquid core. A second approach involves fabricating an ellipticalpump cavity from thin sheets laser cut and aligned to produce an elliptical contour for use informing a reflective surface.HVAC / Refrigeration -- Increase the efficiency of an air conditioning system operating in aridhot environments such as Saudi Arabia by increasing the efficiency of the air condenser coilusing evaporative cooling.The projects provide relevant experiential learning experiences for the students involved inaddition to facilitating industry support via donations and university grants while avoidingcomplications stemming from intellectual property rights.
Engle, C. D., & Neff, G. P. (2013, June), MET Senior Projects as a Means of Developing Laboratory Experiments and Equipment for Course Labs Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22285
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