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Teaching Creative Mechanism Design by Integrating Synthesis Methodology and Physical Models

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Jingjun Yu, Dengfeng Lu, Xilun Ding, Weidong Guo

Beihang University, Beijing, China

Paper No. DETC2013-12173, pp. V001T04A018; 9 pages
  • ASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 1: 15th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies; 10th International Conference on Design Education; 7th International Conference on Micro- and Nanosystems
  • Portland, Oregon, USA, August 4–7, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5584-3
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


Teaching young graduate students in the field of mechanical design has always been a challenging task. In particular, imparting some aspects on the creative design of mechanisms and robotics by far introduces additional difficulties. Because almost all existing systematic design or synthesis methodologies for the creative design, have a close connection with complicate mathematic tools. The objective of this paper is therefore to present a teaching approach based on an overview of pedagogical challenges of the authors in the past 8 years in teaching “Creative Design of Mechanisms and Robotics” to graduate students enrolled in mechanical engineering. One of the major components of the course is screw theory and its application to creative design of mechanical devices. In view of the fact that a large number of abstract concepts concerned, which heavily hinders the understanding of kernel knowledge, a reconfigurable model, based on the modularity design paradigm and latest study on flexures-based compliant mechanisms, is developed recently and integrated into impartation of a series of associating abstract knowledge. This paper outlines latest one-year experience of how the students are guided to learn the model-theory-integrated approach to creative design in a comparatively simple way.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME
Topics: Design , Teaching



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