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Simulation For The Study Of Beam Deflection In Strength Of Materials

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.877.1 - 6.877.10



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Robert Rice

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Christian Ochei

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Alamgir Choudhury

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The diversity of student background in two-year institutions is a limiting factor in realizing the course objectives of the strength of materials class. Specifically, teaching beam deflection theory has been difficult and time consuming in the traditional manner. Instead of focusing on only theory and routine problem solving techniques in the class, the introduction of beam deflection simulation and computer programming generates student interest in the subject. Visual input from the graphical simulation draws student attention to the underlying cause of deflection and eventual comprehension of the theory. By studying the effects of beam characteristics and loading conditions on the nature of the deflection curve, students develop insight on deflection and its parameters. Flexible instruction material is developed on how to use existing deflection tools as well as create similar application programs. Simultaneous study of deflection theory, practice of exercise problems and experimentation with deflection simulation have improved student learning in the area. This simulation and programming task replaces previous laboratory experiment on wooden beam deflection. Therefore, curriculum objectives are achieved without utilizing additional laboratory time.

Rice, R., & Ochei, C., & Choudhury, A. (2001, June), Simulation For The Study Of Beam Deflection In Strength Of Materials Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9777

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