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Title: A Ventilation System Capstone Design Project PDF
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Creator: Forsberg, Charles
Publisher: American Society for Engineering Education
Description: The Hofstra University mechanical engineering program requires students to take two capstone design courses one in the mechanics area; the other in the thermal/fluids area. This paper discusses a Spring 2007 design project in the latter area; in particular, a project dealing with design of a ventilation system for a room. Over the past four years, our department has experienced an increase in enrollment in the mechanical engineering program. We are not completely sure as to the reason for this. Perhaps the increase is due to the students perception of an improved job market in the ME discipline. It may also be due to the mechanical facultys emphasis on teaching and interaction with students rather than research. It may be due to improved lab facilities. And, it could be due to the students observation of high quality senior design projects of a practical nature. Regardless of the cause, the increased enrollment has been reflected in an increase in the size of our classes. In the past, the senior design thermal/fluids course typically had an enrollment of between five and ten. However, in Spring 2007 the enrollment reached eighteen, an all time high. Also, the department had recently passed a rule that no more than three students could be in a design group. Hence, projects were needed for six groups, rather than the usual two. Finding suitable projects is never an easy task (at least for this professor). Fortunately, equipment funds were available from an ASHRAE Senior Undergraduate Project Grant, and it was decided to have two of the six groups work independently on design and construction of a ventilation system for the thermal/fluids lab. The system was to be temporary. After conclusion of the semester it was to be removed and stored for potential future use in the laboratories. As discussed below, the project was very successful. Students received a valuable design and construction experience, and the project has resulted in a new experiment for the mechanical engineering laboratories.
LC Classification: Bibliography. Library science. Information resources (General) -- Subject bibliography -- Education -- Special topics, A-Z -- Engineering education
Technology -- Engineering (General). Civil engineering -- Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General) -- Mechanics of engineering. Applied mechanics -- Applied fluid mechanics
Technology -- Mechanical engineering and machinery -- Study and teaching
GEM Subject: Science -- Engineering
Vocational Education -- Trade and industrial
Key Concept: Mechanical engineering -- Fluids
Manufacturing -- Thermal properties
Resource Type: Instructional Materials
Reading Materials
Science Materials
Teaching Guides
Format: pdf
Audience: College/University Instructors
Higher Education
Secondary Education
Technical School First Cycle
Technical School Second Cycle
University First Cycle
University Second Cycle
Vocational Training
Language: English
Rights: American Society for Engineering Education
Access Rights: Free access
Date Of Record Release: 2009-09-16 03:00:02 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2012-06-19 21:44:28 (W3C-DTF)
Source Type: ATE Center
Source: National Center for Manufacturing Education
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