MAE Lab Committee - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Report
MAE Lab Courses Modernization
Bruce Kang, Professor
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV 26506
for
Spring 2013 VCMAE Meeting
April 12, 2013
MAE Lab Modernization Plan
MAE 244 Dynamic & Strength Materials lab
MAE xxx Introduction to Engr. Materials
MAE 211/411
Mechatronics
MAE 322
Thermal & Fluids Lab
MAE 471/472/
473/474/475/476
WVU/MAE Design
& Prototyping
Center
WVU eCampus
/ Google Drive
Tech. Elect.
MAE 434
MAE 454
MAE 456
Machine Design
CAD / FEA
Experimental
Aerodynamics
MAE Lab Committee
(B. Kang (chair), W. Huebsch, J. Kuhlman, X. Liu, G. Thompson)
(C. Coleman, K. Sabolsky, D. Solley)
Software Integration/Development
M. Cheng, J. Thompson*, R. Dodrill*
*Graduate Student
- Upgrade for MAE 244 Lab (B. Kang)
- Upgrade for MAE Formula project (S. Wayne)
(i) Fixed the existing cutoff saw and lathe digital readout in the MAE main shop,
(ii) purchase a small bore engine lathe, and
(iii) purchase a "used" cutoff saw
- Upgrade for MAE Aero Lab (W. Huebsch)
(i) Construction of two removable test section (RTS) systems for the Low Speed Wind Tunnel
(ii) Replacement components for MAE Aero Lab hot wire anemometer
- Restore the 1968 Mach 6 Hypersonic Tunnel (J. Loth, E. Thorpe*)
(capable of continuous running, while producing a 6000 K plasma, using either argon or nitrogen gas in a
plume about 5” in diameter)
MAE 244 Upgrade - an example
Proposed modernization of the
Dynamics & Strength of Materials
Laboratory
Evolution of Measurement Apparatus
Beam Bending
Pressure Vessel
Vessel
Combined Loading
Loading
P3 Computer Interface –
Spring 2013
MM 3500 series – pre-2011
MM P3 – 2012
On-going Updates (MAE 244)
• Digitize data collection for all tests (B. Kang, M. Cheng)
– Install sensors (e.g. accelerometers and displacement
sensors) for readings not currently measured electronically
– Utilize DAQ hardware to make all digital data recording
– Shared data display and storage using cloud technology
• Centralized storage of all data files (M. Cheng)
– Students can be provided on-demand access to data (e.g.
through WVU e-Campus/Google Drive)
• Computerize control of equipment (e.g. tension test)
– Enable remote operation through web-interface (M. Cheng)
• Computer imaging processing of CCD images
(Photoelasticity (existing), Digital Image Correlation (DIC)
($45K, paid by Dr. Barbero’s project) (B. Kang)
Tension Test – an example
Vision for MAE Next-gen Labs
(M. Cheng, to establish software platform for MAE faculties)
• Equipment control via smart phone/tablet interface
• Distance learning capabilities
– Webcams to interact with students on other campuses
– Reduce crowdedness in lab by allowing students to
participate from other locations
• Integrated multi-disciplinary design/analysis projects
– Familiarize students with team-based design projects
– Highlight that design, FEA, and experimental testing
work together
MAE Lab Modernization Plan
MAE 244 Dynamic & Strength Materials lab
MAE xxx Introduction to Engr. Materials
MAE 211/411
Mechatronics
MAE 322
Thermal & Fluids Lab
MAE 471/472/
473/474/475/476
WVU/MAE Design
& Prototyping
Center
WVU eCampus
/ Google Drive
Tech. Elect.
MAE 434
MAE 454
MAE 456
Machine Design
CAD / FEA
Experimental
Aerodynamics
Discussion on Advanced Prototyping & Testing Center
- Georgia Tech Invention Studio
- DARPA Tech Shop (Menlo Park, CA, Raleigh, NC, San Francisco,
CA, San Jose, CA, Allen Park, MI, Round Rock, TX), Pittsburgh,
PA (3/2013), (Planning): Chandler, AZ, Washington, DC,
Brooklyn, NY
- Collaboration with Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) and National
Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII)
- 3D Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing, Digital
Manufacturing ($$$ needed)

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