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Courses

Spring 2013

ME/AE5314: Fracture Mechanics

Fall 2012

ME5390/AE5301: Engineering Research Methods

Spring 2012

MAE5314: Fracture Mechanics

Fall 2011

MAE2312: Solid Mechanics

Spring 2010

MAE5314: Fracture Mechanics

 

New Course Development

ME5390/AE5301 Engineering Research Methods

This hands-on course teaches the tools that are essential for conducting graduate research, with an aim to prepare the students for project-based graduate research. The course will be focused on the integration of engineering concepts to complete course projects that imitate mini research projects.

 

ME5390/AE5301 Structural Health Monitoring

This course gives an overview of an emerging technology field called Structural Health Monitoring (SHM). SHM refers to the broad concept of evaluating the performance of structural components at real-time using a variety of sensing techniques, for the purpose of providing advanced warning of future structural failures. It has become an increasingly important technology in civil, aerospace, and structural engineering to ensure the safe operation of various structures, such as bridges, skyscrapers, aircraft, and spacecrafts. This course will introduce the fundamentals of SHM as well as recent developments in sensor technologies, damage detection techniques, and signal processing algorithms. Special emphasis will be given to optical fiber sensors and ultrasonic non-destructive inspection techniques.

 

Fun Projects for K-12 Students

How to make music using wind chime pipes

This project demonstrates how we can use the principle of mechanical engineering for making music. The students are given a set of wind chime pipes with different lengths. They can measure and record the frequencies of the wind chime pipes using a MATLAB GUI program. By finding the relationship between the pipe frequencies and the pipe frequencies using Excel, they can calculate the pipe lengths that are required to play the song "Mary had a little lamb".

 

Download files for this project. The files are described as the following

1.     Wind Chime.ppt: step-by-step instructions

2.     Record.m: MATLAB program for measure the frequency of the wind pipe

3.     five pipes.xls: excel files for finding the relationship between pipe frequency and pipe length.

4.     Frequencies of music notes.pdf: a table lists the frequency of music notes

5.     Mary had a little lamb.pdf: music notes

 

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