2019 Basic Experiments for Mechanical Engineering A

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Undergraduate major in Mechanical Engineering
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Course description and aims

Students will learn most basic issues in the mechanical engineering field through exercises and experiments. The issues are related to mechanics of materials, thermodynamics, mechanical vibration, and fluid mechanics. Students will deepen their understandings of issues learned in the lectures required in the department of mechanical engineering. Topics covered are (1) Tensile deformation and fracture of materials, (2) Thermoelectric power generation and Stirling engine, (3) Free vibration of 1 and 2 degree-of-freedom systems, and (4) Energy conservation law of fluid flow and flow visualization. In addition, students will learn basics of writing reports of experiments.
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. Additionally, through the group work of experiments, students will learn 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) Consideration on experimental results.
5) Basic ability to write technical reports.


Deformation and fracture of materials, Thermal energy conversion, Free vibration, Energy conservation of fluids

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 thermodynamics Learn the basics of mechanics of materials and thermodynamics necessary for the 3rd and 4th experiments.
Class 3 Experiment on tensile deformation and fracture of materials Measure the load and displacement by tensile testing and calculate stress, strain, Young's modulus, yield stress, and tensile strength.
Class 4 Experiments on conversion efficiency of thermoelectric generation, properties of the Stirling engine Understand the power generation by thermoelectric effects and the characteristics of Stirling engine.
Class 5 Exercises of mechanical vibrations and fluid mechanics Learn the basics of mechanical vibrations and fluid mechanics necessary for the 6th and 7th experiments.
Class 6 Experiment on 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 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 achievement level of issue stated in target

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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