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Professional Development And Awareness Building For Teachers In The Area Of Advanced Materials

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

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June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

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June 21, 2006



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Emerging Trends in Engineering Education Poster Session

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11.1028.1 - 11.1028.17



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Ronnie Bolick North Carolina A&T State University

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Ronnie Bolick is Research Scientist at NC A&T SU. He holds a PhD and MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from NC A&T SU and a Batchelor’s Degree in Applied Physics from Appalachian State University with a Minor in Math. He was Senior R&D Test Engineer at Thomas Built Buses, Inc. for 11 years. His research areas are in instrumentation, fatigue and durability and finite element analysis. He is a member of ASEE, ASME, SAE, SME and ISA.

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Vijay Krishnan North Carolina A&T State University

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Vijay Krishnan is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the department of Computational Science and Engineering. His research interests include composite materials, finite element modeling, numerical analysis, low velocity impact analysis and visualization. He is a member of ASTM

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William Craft North Carolina A&T State University

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William J. Craft is a NIA liaison professor. He is also a member of the Center for Advanced Materials and Smart Structures at North Carolina A&T State University. His research interests include plates and shells, numerical analysis, computational mechanics and smart structures. He is a memeber of ASEE,AIAA and ASME.

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Ajit Kelkar North Carolina A&T State University

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Ajit Kelkar is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at NC A&T State University. He is the Associate Director of the Center for Advanced Materials and Smart Strucrures. His research areas include composite materials, finite element and numerical analysis, fatigue and fracture mechanics. He is a member of ASME, ASM, ASEE and AIAA.

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Professional Development and Awareness Building for Teachers in the Area of Advanced Materials


On September 26, 2002, the National Institute of Aerospace, NIA, was created near NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA as a result of a winning proposal submitted from the AIAA and a 6-university team in response to a broad agency announcement. Our proposal emphasized these four imperatives to:

• Conduct leading edge aerospace & atmospheric science research and develop revolutionary new technologies by creating innovative, collaborative, synergistic partnerships among NASA’s Langley Research Center, academia, and industry, • Provide comprehensive graduate and continuing education in science and engineering by using both a local campus and exploiting innovative distance-learning concepts, • Incubate and stimulate the commercialization of new intellectual property developed through the Institute's activities, including radical ideas and disruptive technologies, and • Promote aerospace science and engineering and provide outreach to the region and nation.

As part of the fourth imperative, we specifically proposed to develop and conduct summer workshops for grade 6-12 teachers.

The goal of our workshops was to provide brief yet thoughtful introduction to some of the important scientific and engineering challenges involved in NASA’s complex missions. One of these challenges included the development of lightweight, high strength composite materials. This paper describes the experiences teachers gained in the area of advanced composite materials as part of the 2003, 2004, and 2005 workshops.

Participation in the workshops, limited by space, schedule, and cost considerations, was limited to 26, including 2 supervisors, in 2003; 20 in 2004; and 19 in 2005. In all three workshops, teachers used the Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding process (VARTM) to fabricate woven polymeric composite panels. A mold was loaded with the preform made of reinforcement material. The mold was then closed and resin was introduced and flowed along the transverse direction of the preform.

Once cured, the teachers were able to cut tensile coupons and to evaluate the quality and consistency of the samples of the VARTM manufactured panels. The teachers actually produced four large panels. Twenty tensile coupons were cut from each panel and coupon tests enabled teachers to compare spatial variation of properties within a given panel produced during by the manufacturing process. In addition to the experience in processing, tensile testing and statistical analysis, the teachers became aware of cost considerations in manufacturing, since they were required to track materials and labor costs during the experimentation.

Bolick, R., & Krishnan, V., & Craft, W., & Kelkar, A. (2006, June), Professional Development And Awareness Building For Teachers In The Area Of Advanced Materials Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--1184

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