June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
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Teaching System Modeling and Feedback Control Systems: A Multidisciplinary Course in Mechanical Engineering and Electrical EngineeringAbstractThis paper presents pedagogies and experiences in teaching system modeling and analysis aswell as feedback control systems in our mechanical engineering curriculum. The course is arequired multidisciplinary course to be offered at the junior level for mechanical engineering(ME) students. In addition, ME students who pursue the electrical engineering (EE) minor arerequired to concurrently complete the multidisciplinary course and the laboratory coursecontaining both lectures and labs with additional three contact hours per week. Themultidisciplinary course covers modeling and analysis of dynamic systems, including electrical,mechanical, thermal and electromechanical systems, and control system theory and applicationsconsisting of both open-loop and closed-loop system analysis, and feedback control design. Thelaboratory course mainly provides students with hands-on learning experiences. In order to accommodate these two groups of students, we have designed the coursebased on the following strategies: the multidisciplinary course not only covers the theoreticaldevelopment but also software simulations using MATLAB/Simulink. Furthermore, case studyprojects using simulation tools with real-world applications are also required. These simulationassignments and case study projects are carefully designed so that they can be constructed andtested in the laboratory course, which is a required course for the ME students who pursue theEE minor. In the laboratory course, students continue to explore hands-on learning experiencesby using a LabView platform. Again, since we offer a broad coverage of topics and case studieswith simulations in the multidisciplinary course, it will be beneficial to a majority of engineeringstudents. In this paper, we will explain course prerequisites, course content, laboratorydevelopment and teaching methods. We will address the outcomes of students learningachievement including applications of their acquired knowledge and skills for their futurecapstone senior design course. More importantly, we will examine the course assessmentaccording to the analysis of the collected data from grading student course work, courseevaluation and learning outcome survey. Finally, we will address the possible courseimprovements based on our assessment.Partial list of References: C., Close, D., Frederick, Modeling and Analysis of Dynamic Systems, Houghton Mifflin,Company, Thrid Edition, 2001. P. Lewis, C. Yang, Basic Control Systems Engineering, Prentice Hall, 1997. J. Jiang, L. Tan, "Teaching Laplace Circuits and System Analysis with various EngineeringApplications in Mechanical Engineering Program," ASEE Annual Conference, LouisvilleKentucky, June 2010. Zill M. Cullen, Advanced Engineering Mathematics, Fourth Edition, Jones and BartlettPublications, 2010.
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