Data Acquisition as Implemented in the Modern Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Curriculum

Timothy Doughty, Steven O'Halloran
2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings   unpublished
With the widespread use of flexible, affordable, and accessible data acquisition platforms, undergraduate students are becoming more and more familiar with the design of experiments and the topics associated with data collection. For this study a self-guided tutorial was developed to introduce the topics of data acquisition. Students at various stages of their undergraduate curriculum are asked to work through the tutorial. This tutorial is also used in conjunction with a cross-curricular
more » ... ss-curricular project involving numerical simulation and experimental validation of heat transfer topics of conduction and convection. Students were surveyed, both prior to and shortly after the tutorial, to determine the perceived value of the exercise in the context of their education and future careers. The results of this study prove useful in designing an effective cross-curricular approach to the topic and in tutorial development.
doi:10.18260/1-2--21135 fatcat:wbzqenbmrnalbcmt2sfq2fjrma