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Use of an Affordable High Speed Video Camera for Visualization in Mechanical Engineering CoursesMethods for providing visualization of various phenomena in engineering courses can bebeneficial to student learning. Animations created using software can provide students anexcellent visual learning experience in some cases. Another approach is to produce slow-motionvideo recordings of actual high speed physical events. However, professional-level high speedvideo equipment can cost thousands of dollars. Due to budgetary constraints, expensive high-speed video equipment is not affordable for many academic programs. This paper describes useof an affordable "off the shelf" camera that can record video at up to 1000 frames per second toassist in the teaching of a mechanical vibrations course, a controls course, and a fluid mechanicscourse in a mechanical engineering curriculum. Examples used in these classes are overviewed,and lessons learned are discussed. In some cases, the slow motion video is used in conjunctionwith computer-based animations from a finite element analysis program, providing the studentswith an additional visual aid and also providing some validation for the students that results fromthe finite element analysis software are valid. The pros and cons of various camera settings, andalso some limitations of this low-cost alternative, are also discussed.
Baker, J. R., & Capece, V. (2013, June), Use of an Affordable High Speed Video Camera for Visualization in Mechanical Engineering Courses Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22674
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