Individual Project Based Approach To Develop Research Aptitude In Manufacturing Engineering Students

Jitendra Tate, Vedraman Sriraman
2007 Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings   unpublished
This paper chronicles experiences with individual research-paper projects in teaching a senior level course on Polymer Properties and Processing to manufacturing engineering majors. Polymer Properties and Processing is one of five elective courses in the area of processes. Students complete courses on 'Materials Engineering' and 'Materials Selection and Processes' prior to taking this course. The course exposes students to current trends in plastics and composites industry as a means to prepare
more » ... a means to prepare them for graduate study. Accordingly, in this course rather than assigning team based projects, research paper topics were assigned on an individual basis. Thirty percent weight was given to this research activity. Students were systematically prepared for taking up the research paper activity. Demonstrations were organized in the research laboratories in the Chemistry department pertaining to basic polymer characterization techniques. These techniques include GPC, TGA, and DMA. Three industrial visits were organized to expose students to injection molding, extrusion, and carboncomposite manufacturing processes. Students also viewed videos prepared by the 'Society of Manufacturing Engineers' in the areas of processing.
doi:10.18260/1-2--1610 fatcat:6cblxialjrak7ikgtkoyk3rbiy