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ME 315 Mechanical Engineering Lab I

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Catalog Description 

ME 315 Mechanical Engineering Lab I (1). Co-requisite: ME 314. Concepts of laboratory testing. Design of experiments, acquisition and analysis of data, preparation of reports. Experimental measurements in stress and strain, fluid properties and statics, simple electrical circuits.

Prerequisites by Topic

  1. Dynamics
  2. Fluid mechanics
  3. Thermodynamics

Textbooks

Beer and McMurrey, A Guide to Writing as an Engineer, 2nd edition, Wiley, 2005.
ME 315 Laboratory Manual, prepared by the course coordinator, 2009.

Reference

J.P. Holman, Experimental Methods for Engineers, 7th edition, McGraw Hill, 2001.

Coordinator

W.P. Hnat, Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Course Learning Outcomes

Introduction to electrical and mechanical instrumentation, experimental methods, and report writing.

Topics Covered

  1. Strain and force (2 classes)
  2. Electrical Circuits (2 classes)
  3. Vibrations (2 classes)
  4. Temperature (2 classes)
  5. Fluid flow (2 classes)

Class/Laboratory Schedule

One 110 minute session each week devoted to experimentation.

Laboratory Projects

Same as topics covered.

Computer Use

Reports are written using word processing software and spreadsheets.

Evaluation

Final grade is based upon five laboratory reports each worth 100 points.

Curriculum Criterion Contribution

Engineering science: 1 credit.

Relationship to Program Outcomes

This course supports Mechanical Engineering Department B.Sc. program objectives by developing:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to function effectively on teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate and solve problems in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern tools necessary for the practice of mechanical engineering.

Prepared by W.P. Hnat, June 2009

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