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Using Computer Based Simulation to Improve Learning Experience in Mechanical Behavior of Materials Class

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Technical Session 10: Simulation and Modeling

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Computers in Education

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Jing Zhang Indiana University Purdue University - Indianapolis Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Jing Zhang's research interests are broadly centered on understanding the processing-structure-property relationships in advanced ceramics and metals for optimal performance in application, and identifying desirable processing routes for its manufacture. To this end, the research group employs a blend of experimental, theoretical, and numerical approaches, focusing on several areas, including:

1. Processing-Microstructure-Property-Performance Relationships: thermal barrier coating, solid oxide fuel cell, hydrogen transport membrane, lithium-ion battery
2. Physics-based Multi-scale Models: ab initio, molecular dynamics (MD), discrete element models (DEM), finite element models (FEM)
3. Coupled Phenomena: diffusion-thermomechanical properties
4. Additve Manufacturing (AM) or 3D Printing: AM materials characterization, AM process (laser metal powder bed fusion, ceramic slurry extrusion) design and modeling


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Tejesh Charles Dube Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis

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I am a Mechanical Engineering graduate student interested in structural and material science application in the field of mechanical engineering.

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Michael Golub is the Academic Laboratory Supervisor for the Mechanical Engineering department at IUPUI. He is an associate faculty at the same school, and has taught at several other colleges. He has conducted research related to Arctic Electric Vehicles and 3D printed plastics and metals. He participated and advised several student academic competition teams for several years. His team won 1st place in the 2012 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge. He has two masters degrees: one M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.F.A. in Television Production. He also has three B.S. degrees in Liberal Arts, Mechanical Engineering, and Sustainable Energy.

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Traditionally, the study of Mechanical Behavior of Materials class relies on solving analytical solution using a piece of paper and pen. With the advance of computer simulations, both hardware and software, there is a need to advance the education with adoption of advanced computer technologies. In this project, we recently developed a new project-based finite element modeling module in Mechanical Behavior of Materials class. Specifically, students are required to identify a project which requires to using a commercial finite element software package to simulate the mechanical response of the system. The student evaluation of this project work was very positive and encouraging. The revised engineering course becomes increasingly popular with continued growth of enrollment. The paper will elaborate on the student outcomes and summarize the student evaluation results.

Zhang, J., & Dube, T. C., & Golub, M. (2019, June), Using Computer Based Simulation to Improve Learning Experience in Mechanical Behavior of Materials Class Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33498

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