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WIP: Integration of Mechanical Properties of Materials in an Undergraduate Course on Manufacturing Processes for Both Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Students

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Materials Division Technical Session 1

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Jayanta K. Banerjee University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus

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Jayanta Banerjee is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez campus. Dr. Banerjee received Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo and M.Ed. from Queen's University, both in Canada. He has worked in industries and taught at the universities in Germany, Canada, USA and Latin America. He has over hundred publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings and a few books to his credit. Jayanta is a member of ASEE, ASME and VDI (Germany).

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At the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez (UPRM), in the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) (which is a five year undergraduate degree program like in the Central European schools, such as in Germany or France), a course on Manufacturing Processes is offered in the fourth year. This course is compulsory for both the Mechanical Engineering (ME) and the Industrial Engineering (IE) undergraduate students. The paper deals with the pros and the cons of the syllabus as well as the classroom instructions in dealing with the students of two different but allied academic backgrounds and preparations, ME and IE, in the same class lectures covered by the same syllabus. The ME students take a course on Mechanics of Materials as a prerequisite for the Manufacturing Processes course, while those of IE do not. Thus, in a group assignment, mixing ME and IE students in a group of three or four students, the IE students learn from their ME peers in an environment of group dynamics, like in written reports and in oral presentations as a joint venture. On the contrary, on individual tests the IE students lack the background on the mechanical properties of the materials used for the conventional as well as nontraditional manufacturing processes. The IE students have good background in statistical data analyses. Unfortunately, this course is focused mainly of the deterministic methods in manufacturing processes and systems. Very rarely the statistical tools are used. Next, the time is not sufficient to cover a good amount of both elasticity and plasticity, in order to prepare enough background for the IE students. Additionally, the ME students also take a course on Materials Science that focus on Structural Plasticity as well as on Phenomenological Plasticity that are essential for any mechanical manufacturing process whether in macro, micro or nano scale. In our work in progress (WIP) we are trying to accommodate within the time constraints some extra backup lectures only for the IE students, perhaps in parallel sessions, in order to prepare them for the individual evaluations, like the partial tests and the final exam. Here again time is the main constraint!

Banerjee, J. K. (2020, June), WIP: Integration of Mechanical Properties of Materials in an Undergraduate Course on Manufacturing Processes for Both Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Students Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35549

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