Design of remote laboratory experiments for integration into MEC2402 – stress analysis

Cox, Scott (2013) Design of remote laboratory experiments for integration into MEC2402 – stress analysis. [USQ Project]


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Laboratory work has long been regarded as an integral component of engineering education, however, the introduction of distance education has complicated this concept. Remote access laboratories (RAL) have the advantage of allowing students to perform experimental investigations without the need to be physically present. A typical RAL device incorporates computer software/hardware, automation equipment, sensory devices and the internet to perform experiments and provide digital feedback of results.

This project designed and commenced the manufacturing of a physical RAL experimental apparatus. The apparatus has been carefully designed to enhance the educational outcomes for students undertaking the course Stress Analysis at USQ. The Course Examiner for MEC2402 proposed the development of a portable, remotely accessible item of laboratory equipment comprising a series of three separate experiments. The chosen experiments demonstrate torsion in a round shaft, bending in an unsymmetric section beam and three-point bending in a rectangular section beam.

By meticulously investigating the relevant pedagogical aspects and mechanical design principals, this project has been able to successfully design the proposed RAL experiments. Following the impending completion of manufacture, the apparatus will be available for the Course Examiners use in future offerings of MEC2402.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Bowtell, Les; Malpress, Ray
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2014 08:07
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2014 06:20
Uncontrolled Keywords: design; remote laboratory experiments; integration; mec2402; stress analysis
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
09 Engineering > 0915 Interdisciplinary Engineering > 091599 Interdisciplinary Engineering not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390405 Educational technology and computing
40 ENGINEERING > 4010 Engineering practice and education > 401006 Systems engineering
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies

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