Lab Organization / Logistics:
Approximately 2 days are allotted for each lab, 4 labs in all. In
each lab, your group (3-5 students) will disassemble and write a lab on a machine from one
of the following categories:
» Engines » Electromechanical » Gears & Bearings
After you have finished your lab, there are other machines in the same category for
you to take apart.
|1st day of lab
||2nd day of lab
» Take apart the machine
» Sketch pieces/machine
» Model performance
» Reassemble the machine (no
» Finish model
» Finish tests
» Turn in the write up
» Take apart other machines
from same category and
» REASSEMBLE them
Following the 2nd day, each group switches to the next category (i.e.
your group spends 2 days on gears & bearings, then switches to hydraulic/pneumatics.)
Your group is responsible for explaining the machines in
your last lab to the group that follows you so pay attention to detail! This gives
you practice in explaining things, shows you how much you really learned, and shows you
what you need to work on.
Devices which are of particular interest to students, or impractical to
disassemble in lab will be examined during field trips and
through the final reports.
||Lab reports ARE meant to:
» Point you to the important things
» Minimize your time pushing paper
» SHORT!!! Maximum 3 pages of pictures,
plots, & text.
» Practical (No busy work)
» Mandatory (You must hand in all, on
time, to pass)
|Each report should include these sections:
- Group members
- List of FRs & DPs
- Drawings, labels, & explanation of major components
- Explanation of "how it works"
- Discussion of dominant & limiting physics
- Any Plots / Graphs / Tables
More specifics will be given during the labs.