2017 Frontal Experiments for Mechanical Engineering

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Undergraduate major in Mechanical Engineering
Akasaka Hiroki 
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Course description and aims

Students in this course will learn about advanced issues within mechanical engineering through experience. Students will get first-hand experience with machines, conducting experiments on plastic working, vibration control, non-linear vibrations, self-induced vibrations, fuel cells, refrigerators, drag, and the velocity boundary layer, thereby deepening their understanding of mechanical engineering. Specifically, students will conduct experiments on plastic working and deformation properties of aluminum, active vibration control, properties of non-linear vibration systems and self-excited vibration systems, principles and characterization of fuel cells, vapor compression refrigerators, drag measurements, and measurement of the velocity boundary layer.
The main aim of this course is both to deepen students' understanding of mechanical engineering and improve problem identification skills, implementation skills and solving skills by conducting progressive experiments in mechanical engineering. In addition, students 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) Skills for explaining advanced aspects of mechanical engineering that cannot be learned just from classroom lectures
2) How to run experiments on advanced topics in mechanical engineering
3) Critical thinking skills, practical skills, and problem-solving skills
4) Teamwork, leadership, and communication skills


Metal forming, Extrusion process, Mechanical vibrations, Dynamics, Control engineering, Vibration phenomenon, Response analysis, fuel cell, Refrigerating machine, Refrigeration cycle, Wind tunnel, Drag, Flow visualization, Boundary layer, Velocity profile

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. From the second class on, students will be divided into 7 groups, and each research topic will be worked through. 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 Extrusion and Deformation Property of Aluminum Understanding of plastic deformation behavior under extrusion process
Class 3 Active Vibration Control Conducting a simple displacement and velocity feedback control, and studying the fundamentals of design and analysis of vibration control systems.
Class 4 Characteristics of non-linear vibrating system and self-excited system Understanding the characteristics of non-linear vibration phenomena by analyzing the forced response for the system with a non-linear restoring force
Class 5 Fuel cell -mechanism and evaluation- Understanding fuel cell and its advantages based on exergy
Class 6 Experiments on Vapor Compression Refrigerating Machine Understanding a refrigerating machine and vapor compression refrigeration cycle by using an actual air conditioner
Class 7 Measurements of Drag Measuring the drag of objects using a wind tunnel, and learning about the generation principles of drag in actual flows by visualizing the separation and wake of flows.
Class 8 Velocity measurements of boundary layer Measuring the velocity variation of boundary layer and comparing with an analytical solution under different conditions.


Experiment manual "Frontal 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.C211 : Theory of Elasticity and Plasticity
  • MEC.E311 : Heat Transfer
  • MEC.D311 : Vibration Analysis
  • MEC.G211 : Mechanical Materials
  • MEC.E331 : Energy Conversion
  • MEC.F331 : Advanced Fluid Mechanics
  • MEC.I333 : Robot Dynamics and Control
  • MEC.P211 : Basic Experiments for Mechanical Engineering
  • MEC.P212 : Applied Experiments for Mechanical Engineering
  • MEC.P331 : Advanced 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),Advanced Experiments for Mechanical Engineering(MEC.P211.A), Mechanics of Materials (MEC.C201.R), Thermodynamics (MEC.E201.R), Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics(MEC.F201.R), Mechanical Vibrations(MEC.D201.R) Theory of Elasticity and Plasticity(MEC.C211.A), Practical Fluid Mechanics(MEC.F211.A), Fundamentals of Analytical Dynamics(MEC.D231.E), Heat Transfer(MEC.E311.A), Vibration Analysis(MEC.D311.A), Mechanical Materials(MEC.G211.A) and Robot Kinematics(MEC.I211.A)or have equivalent knowledge.

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