2016 Basic Experiments for Mechanical Engineering

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Undergraduate major in Mechanical Engineering
Kawaguchi Tatsuya  Momozono Satoshi  Kurokawa Yu  Ikeda Ikuma 
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Course description and aims

Students will learn basic issues related to mechanical vibrations, mechanics of materials, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics which are the main topics in the mechanical engineering field. During the experiments on free vibration, mechanical properties of materials, heat conduction/transfer and energy storage of fluids, students control experimental apparatuses by themselves and learn about mechanical engineering topics in depth. In particular, students conduct experiments of one- and two-degree of freedom systems, tensile deformation and fracture of materials, heat conduction and transfer, energy storage of fluids and visualization of fluid flow. In the 8th class, students will do a comprehensive exercise for deepening their understanding of mechanical engineering.
The primary aim of the course is a better understanding of mechanical engineering issues and improving the ability to set problems, practical skills and problem solving skills by conducting basic mechanical engineering experiments. Additionally, through the experiments, students will develop teamwork, leadership and communication skills, methods to obtain and process data, and the ability to draw conclusions from findings and write technical reports.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will acquire the following abilities:
1) Ability to explain fundamental aspects of mechanical engineering that cannot be learned only from lectures.
2) Ability to conduct basic experiments related to mechanical engineering.
3) Methods to obtain and process data.
4) Ability to write technical reports.


Free vibration, Deformation and fracture of material, Heat conduction, Heat transfer

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

In the first class of orientation, the instructor will explain attitude, precautions for student experiments, and writing procedures for the experiment report. In the second and the fifth class, students are divided into two groups and complete exercises related to the experiments carried out in the course. In the third, fourth, sixth, and seventh class, students are divided into four groups and engage with an experimental topic. The written report must be submitted by a specified date. Students must read the experiment manual before the start of each experiment to ensure safety and smooth running of the experiment.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Orientation Understand the approach and precautions for student experiments and writing procedures for the experimental report.
Class 2 Exercises of mechanics of materials and mechanical vibrations Learn the basics of mechanics of materials and mechanical vibrations used for 3rd and 4th experiments.
Class 3 Experiment about free vibration of mechanical system Measure vibrational displacement of freely vibrating pendulum in order to understand eigen frequency and vibrational mode of mechanical system.
Class 4 Experiment about tensile testing of material Measure the load and displacement by tensile testing and calculate stress, strain, Young's modulus, yield stress, and tensile strength.
Class 5 Exercises of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics Learn the basics of mechanics of materials and mechanical vibrations used for 6th and 7th experiments.
Class 6 Conductive and convective heat transfer Understand the transport phenomena of thermal energy.
Class 7 Experiment on the energy conservation law of fluid flow and flow visualization Measure the velocity and pressure of fluid flow in order to comprehend the energy conservation law of fluid flow. To understand the features of flow patterns, observe the visualized flow around objects.
Class 8 Comprehensive exercise Deepen understanding of mechanical engineering


Experiment manual "Basic Experiments for Mechanical Engineering" is distributed by the instructor.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

None required.

Assessment criteria and methods

Full attendance and completion of all experiments are compulsory. Assessment is based on the quality of written reports and the degree of participation and taking the work seriously during experiments and exercises.

Related courses

  • MEC.C201 : Mechanics of Materials
  • MEC.E201 : Thermodynamics (Mechanical Engineeirng)
  • MEC.F201 : Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics
  • MEC.D201 : Mechanical Vibrations
  • MEC.P212 : Applied Experiments for Mechanical Engineering
  • MEC.P331 : Advanced Experiments for Mechanical Engineering
  • MEC.P332 : Frontal Experiments for Mechanical Engineering

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Students must have successfully completed both Mechanics of Materials (MEC.C201.R) and Thermodynamics (MEC.E201.R) or have equivalent knowledge.

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