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Mechanical Engineering

2019

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Civil and Mechanical Engineering

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Stimulating Higher Order Thinking In Mechatronics By Comparing Pid And Fuzzy Control, Christopher J. Lowrance, John R. Rogers Sep 2019

Stimulating Higher Order Thinking In Mechatronics By Comparing Pid And Fuzzy Control, Christopher J. Lowrance, John R. Rogers

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Many studies have found active learning, either in the form of in-class exercises or projects, to be superior to traditional lectures. However, these forms of hands-on learning do not always get students to reach the higher order thinking skills associated with the highest levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy (i.e., analysis, synthesis, and evaluation). Assignments that expect students to take an expected approach to reach a well-defined solution contribute to a lack of higher order thinking at the college level. Professional engineers often face complex and ambiguous problems that require design decisions, where there is no straightforward answer. To strengthen ...


The Effects Of Transitioning An Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Course From Shorter And More Frequent Class Periods To Longer And Fewer In-Class Sessions, Matthew Louis Miller, Jeffrey Michael Rigney, Daniel Arnold, David Flaherty Jun 2019

The Effects Of Transitioning An Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Course From Shorter And More Frequent Class Periods To Longer And Fewer In-Class Sessions, Matthew Louis Miller, Jeffrey Michael Rigney, Daniel Arnold, David Flaherty

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Class frequency and duration are fundamental parameters within engineering education across nearly all pedagogical methods. Optimizing these factors enables programs to achieve a higher level of learning in the classroom while providing for more efficient time management.

The objective of this paper is to document the perceived effect on students and instructors when transitioning from a traditional 40 lesson course with 55 minutes duration, to one comprised of 30 lessons at 75 minutes in length. This analysis limits research to a mechanical engineering curriculum at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. Major assessment performance under the new ...


Computer Predictions Of Tunnel Response To Blast, Robert Drummond, Claudia Sun, Andrew Valkenburg, Aaron Freidenberg, Jake Bruhl Apr 2019

Computer Predictions Of Tunnel Response To Blast, Robert Drummond, Claudia Sun, Andrew Valkenburg, Aaron Freidenberg, Jake Bruhl

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Deeply buried bunkers offer a level of protection that is unmatched by conventional, above-ground, construction methods. The construction of the bunker itself, as well as ingress/egress and ventilation for the completed bunker, requires substantial digging. Thus, deeply buried bunkers are usually located within a mountain and accessed via tunnels. In order to better predict the response of tunnels and bunkers to an average design blast load, computer simulations were performed. First, a simplified groundshock numerical code based on an assumed geology and buried depth was used to predict the demand. Then, analytical methods were utilized to design the tunnel ...