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On the Use of a Windshield Wiper Mechanism Simulation Project to Enhance Student Understanding of Design Topics

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

CoED General Technical Session II

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Computers in Education

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Page Numbers

25.997.1 - 25.997.11



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Yaomin Dong Ph.D. Kettering University

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Yaomin Dong is Associate Professor of mechanical engineering at Kettering University. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at the University of Kentucky in 1998. Dong has extensive R&D experience in automotive industry and holds multiple patents. Dong’s areas of expertise include
metalforming processes, design with composite materials, and finite element analysis.

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Arnaldo Mazzei Kettering University

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Arnaldo Mazzei is a professor of mechanical engineering at Kettering University. He specializes in dynamics and vibrations of mechanical systems and has conducted research in stability of drivetrains, including universal joints. His current work relates to modal analysis, stability of drivetrains, finite element analysis, and computer aided engineering. He is an active member of ASEE, SAE, and SEM.

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Raghu Echempati Kettering University

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Raghu Echempati is in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Kettering University. He has several years of teaching, research, and consulting experience. He is an active member of ASEE, ASME, and SAE. He has more than 100 technical paper publications in journals and conference proceedings of repute. He has chaired several sessions at national and international conferences and delivered numerous invited talks and keynote addresses. He has reviewed several textbooks, journal papers, and conference papers. He is an active member of many conference committees.

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ON THE USE OF A WINDSHIELD WIPER MECHANISM SIMULATION PROJECT TO ENHANCE STUDENT UNDERSTANDING OF DESIGN TOPICSAbstractThis paper presents the development of a simulation project that can be used toenhance undergraduate teaching and student understanding of mechanicalengineering design subjects.The software package utilized is SIEMENS PLM SOFTWARE® - NX and it hasbeen introduced to our students during their freshman year (EngineeringGraphics) followed by a junior level course (CAE), in which the advancedfeatures such as parametric design and simulation capabilities are used).The authors aim to utilize a CAE package which is able to integrate ‘ComponentModeling’, ‘Assembly’, ‘Motion Simulation’, and ‘FEA’ modules seamlessly inintroductory mechanical engineering courses, such as Mechanics of Solids, andDynamics in which kinematics and dynamics of rigid body topics are discussed.The goal is to use the simulation capabilities of the software to enhance teachingand student learning of these courses. For instance, this example project showshow students could benefit from the simulation by not only understanding thekinematic and dynamic behavior of the mechanism, but also verifying the stressanalysis of critical members via simple hand calculations.For assessment purposes, the development of a survey is planned. The survey planis to include students that were not exposed to the software tools in the coursesand students who were. From the results comparisons can be attempted and thepoint of view of students can be evaluated.

Dong, Y., & Mazzei, A., & Echempati, R. (2012, June), On the Use of a Windshield Wiper Mechanism Simulation Project to Enhance Student Understanding of Design Topics Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21754

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