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Teaching Vibration And Control Courses Using Animation, Simulation, And Experimentation

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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Unique Laboratory Experiments & Programs Poster Session

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10.1237.1 - 10.1237.20



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Asad Davari

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Amir Rezaei

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Teaching Vibration and Control courses using Animation, Simulation, and Experimentation

Amir G. Rezaei, Ph.D., Asad Davari, Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering Department /Electrical and Computer Engineering Department West Virginia University Tech Montgomery, WV 25136


Vibration and control theories are both subjects that encompass almost all fields of engineering applications. Understanding the theory of vibration is essential to understanding of control theory for undergraduate engineering students. The traditional treatment in teaching both theories tend to be highly theoretical and mathematically complex and may not be beneficial for some undergraduate students who can be classified as sensing, or visual learners. Modern computation tools equipped with simulation and visual capability can ease explanation of topics in vibration and control theories in the classroom and laboratory. Through the use of these modern visualization and simulation tools, it is possible to teach “mathematically advanced concepts in vibration and control courses in engineering” more efficiently and make it more interesting for them to understand.

This paper describes teaching vibration and automatic control courses in the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering departments at the West Virginia University Institute of Technology. Experiments are designed to give student thorough understanding of basic concepts in vibration and control theories using animation, simulation, and experimentation. A series of lab sessions are introduced to the class to complement the lecture materials and to guide the students to understand vibration and control theory together and explore different important parameters that exist in both theories.

I. Introduction

Vibration and Control is highly multidisciplinary branch of engineering. In fact, vibration and control system engineering is a part of many branches of engineering that needs to be taken very seriously among our graduating undergraduate engineers who will be involved in design and analysis of complex systems soon after they graduate. Teaching vibration and control system can be both conceptual and experimental. Vibration and Control system experimentation, however, is not an established discipline, and there are many fundamental issues that are worthy “Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society for Engineering Education”

Davari, A., & Rezaei, A. (2005, June), Teaching Vibration And Control Courses Using Animation, Simulation, And Experimentation Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14897

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