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Using SAE Resources in FMEA in an Aeronautical Engineering Technology Junior-Level Logistics Course

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Teaching Methodology & Assessment 2

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Tracy L. Yother Purdue University at West Lafayette

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Tracy L. Yother, Phd, is an Assistant Professor in Aeronautical Engineering Technology (AET) in the School of Aviation Transportation and Technology at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. Dr. Yother currently teaches an undergraduate Powerplant Systems and Design Supportability courses in the AET program. She possesses a B.S. and M.S. in Aviation Technology. She also holds an airframe and powerplant certificate.

Dr. Yother has 18 years’ experience in the aerospace and defense industry working for companies such as Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, and Pratt and Whitney. She has held positions in product support, customer support, and program management.

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Mary E. Johnson Purdue University at West Lafayette Orcid 16x16

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Mary E. Johnson is a Professor in the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology (SATT) at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. She earned her BS, MS and PhD in Industrial Engineering from The University of Texas at Arlington. After 5 years in aerospace manufacturing as an IE, Dr. Johnson joined the Automation & Robotics Research Institute in Fort Worth and was a program manager for applied research programs. Fourteen years later, she was an Industrial Engineering assistant professor at Texas A&M - Commerce before joining the Aviation Technology department at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana in 2007 as an Associate Professor. She is a Co-PI on the FAA Center of Excellence for general aviation research known as PEGASAS and leads the Graduate Programs in SATT. Her research interests are aviation sustainability, data driven process improvement, and aviation education.

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SAE standards are widely used in the aerospace industry. The use of standards in classroom settings introduces students to industry standards that reinforce the importance of standards and lifelong learning. Undergraduate students gain experience in system cost and risk improvement in a design support analysis course. A semester-long project forces the students to evaluate a design for impacts to cost and safety. Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) is one tool used in the aerospace industry to identify risks in products or processes and to act to mitigate or eliminate the risks. Using the SAE ARP5580 standard and SAE’s Reliability Program Handbook TAHB009A for FMEA, students use a structured method to analyze and identify potential failure modes while evaluating an aerospace design. While there are many inclusions of product redesign in papers discussing capstone design courses, this paper focuses on the use of FMEA in a Design Support Analysis course in an Aeronautical Engineering Technology program at a junior level. The course includes lectures, videos, quizzes, and the final project. The goal of the final project is to dramatically reduce life cycle costs through maintenance reductions, a priori failure identification and analysis, and subsequent reliability and maintainability improvements. This paper introduces the FMEA process as described in SAE ARP5580, presents the FMEA method as completed in the course, and discusses FMEA changes that could be incorporated to improvements to the course.

Yother, T. L., & Johnson, M. E. (2021, July), Using SAE Resources in FMEA in an Aeronautical Engineering Technology Junior-Level Logistics Course Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--37998

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