Steam power: Novel use of an engine design project to cross-link knowledge from courses in both mechanical design and thermodynamics

Krishan Kumar Bhatia, Eric Constans

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Abstract

To enhance the learning potential from traditional semester-long "projects" in individual and engineering courses, a novel steam engine design project was undertaken between two concurrent junior level mechanical engineering courses: Mechanical Design and Thermodynamics. As in traditional class projects, students were provided the opportunity to build team skills and gain hands-on experience. Utilizing student self assessment, this steam engine project was compared to a Stirling engine design project undertaken solely in a Mechanical Design Course. Students participating in the steam engine project reported increased use of both mechanical design and thermodynamics principles while undertaking the project as compared to those participating in the Stirling engine project. Steam engine project students also reported an increased development of team working skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication36th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
Event36th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Oct 28 2006Oct 31 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
ISSN (Print)1539-4565

Other

Other36th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period10/28/0610/31/06

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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