2017 Applied Experiments for Mechanical Engineering B

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

Students in this course will learn through experience about challenges in the application of mechanical dynamics, material mechanics, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics. Students will get first-hand experience with machines, and conduct experiments on forced vibrations, material bending, stress concentration, heat conduction and convection, the conservation of momentum of fluids, and Reynolds, thereby deepening their understanding of mechanical engineering. Specifically, students will conduct experiments on forced vibrations of single and two degree-of-freedom systems, bending deformation and stress concentration of materials, conversion efficiency of thermoelectric generation, properties of the Stirling engine, the conservation of momentum of fluids and Reynolds. Students will perform a comprehensive exercise in class 8 to deepen their understanding of mechanical engineering.

The main aim of this course is, by conducting application experiments in mechanical engineering, to deepen students' understanding of mechanical engineering and improve critical thinking skills, and practical and problem-solving skills. In addition, students will learn teamwork, leadership, communication skills, data collection, processing, and organization methods, observation methods, and how to write reports through these experiments.

Student learning outcomes

Students will acquire the following skills from taking this course.
1) Ability to explain applied aspects of mechanical engineering that cannot be learned just from classroom lectures.
2) Ability to conduct applied experiments related to mechanical engineering.
3) Methods to obtain and process data.
4) Ability to write technical reports.


Forced vibration, Bending of material, Stress concentration, Heat conduction, Heat convection, Momentum conservation of fluid, Reynolds

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

At orientation in the first class, the instructor will explain the frame of mind and suggestions for students' experiments, as well as composition guidelines for experiment reports. In class 2 and 5, students will be divided into 2 groups, and exercises will be carried out relating to experiments to be conducted in this course. In class 3 and 4, and class 6 and 7, students will be divided into 4 groups to work on an experiment respectively. Reports must be submitted by the deadline. In addition, students are required to carefully read the experiment manual in advance to ensure experiments are run safely and smoothly.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Orientation Students will gain an understanding of course description and aims, methods for conducting experiments, and how to write reports.
Class 2 Exercises of mechanics of materials and thermodynamics Learn the basics of mechanics of materials and thermodynamics required for the experiments in class 3 and 4.
Class 3 Experiment on 2D heat conductiuon and convective heat transfer
Class 4 Experiments about beam bending and stress concentration Learn the relationship between load and displacement of beam bending, and calculate the Young's modulus of material. Learn the phenomena of stress concentration.
Class 5 Exercises of mechanical vibration and fluid mechanics Learn the basics of mechanical vibration and fluid mechanics necessary for the experiments to be carried out in class 6 and 7.
Class 6 Experiments on forced vibrations of single and two degree-of-freedom systems Measure vibrational displacement of excited pendulum to understand resonance of mechanical system.
Class 7 Experiments about law of momentum conservation and Reynolds's experiment In order to comprehend the law of momentum conservation in fluid flow, measure the force exerted on the blade by the jet, and power of water mill. To understand laminar-turbulent transition, observe the visualized pipe flow under setup of the Reynolds' experiment.
Class 8 Comprehensive exercise Deepen understanding of mechanical engineering


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

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Assessment criteria and methods

Students are required to attend all classes and perform all experiments. Students will be comprehensively evaluated on the content of experiment reports, as well as activeness and seriousness when participating in 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.P211 : Basic 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 Basic Experiments for Mechanical Engineering(MEC.P211.A), Mechanics of Materials (MEC.C201.R), Thermodynamics (MEC.E201.R), Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics(MEC.F201.R) and Mechanical Vibrations(MEC.D201.R) or have equivalent knowledge.

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