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Innovative Laboratorial Teaching in Traditional Mechanical Courses

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Yanhong Yuan, Hong Yu, Wenzhong Wang, Zhedong Tang, Xudong Hu

Zhejiang Gongshang University

Paper No. IMECE2005-80350, pp. 17-20; 4 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Innovations in Engineering Education: Mechanical Engineering Education, Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Engineering Technology Department Heads
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, November 5 – 11, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Mechanical Engineering Education
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4232-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-3769-6
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


Laboratorial teaching (Lab time) is very important during a four year learning for an engineering student. Innovative lab equipments play a part in the teaching. The goal of lab time is to offer students a insight into the basic theory of mechanism, to practice their ability of approaching a real machine. Display visually the phenomena of mechanical foundation is also another aim of the teaching phase. Traditional lab equipment is very limited in China. The typical teaching methodology is to show students the experimental result by a faculty adviser. Seldom do the students have the chance to involve in the experiments [1]. So the teaching results are not as good as expected. During the ten year reformation of the teaching method, authors developed a series of innovative laboratorial equipment, which are microcontroller embedded and connected to a computer. The list of the equipment includes: Typical Mechanical Motion, Gear Transmission, Belt Transmission, Chain Transmission, Dynamic Characteristic of Bolt Connection, Dynamic Characteristic of Machine, Balance of Cylinder, etc. With the help of that equipment, students can do their experiments by themselves now. They can gain enough “hands on” experience during the Lab time. Further more, all of the experimental results can be displayed in the computer in analytical format. It helps students to insight the mechanics that hide out in the physical phenomena. This paper describes the effort of author’s works. And results we got will be evaluated here.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME
Topics: Teaching



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