Nicholas J. Salamon's research while affiliated with Pennsylvania State University and other places

Publications (6)

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Elementary strength of materials is a core undergraduate engineering course that introduces the mechanics of deformable bodies. Traditionally, the focus of the course is on analysis, but we have recast the course to apply analysis to design in order to better prepare students to become engineers - design being the primary function of practicing eng...
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Our goal is to enable deeper learning by undergraduate engineering students via experience with an open-ended design project. In addition to knowledge, comprehension, and application, engineering design requires students to analyze and synthesize. Furthermore, students must practice divergent thinking to explore the entire design space, which is an...
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A semester-long team design project was implemented in an advanced mechanics of materials course for both undergraduate and graduate students. The project involved the mechanics of a bicycle crank arm and built on earlier coursework. Student teams developed specifications and design criteria, performed analysis and design, developed validation expe...
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The Engineering Science and Mechanics department and the Mechanical Engineering department at Penn State share responsibility for teaching an undergraduate course on finite element analysis applications. We present one approach for teaching this course. Instructors can approach a course like this in a variety of ways. Faculty, students, and indu...
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All instructors visualize goals and, to use recent vernacular, learning objectives for their courses. In this presentation, the authors formalize both, distinguish between them, consider a unified thread informing a mechanics curriculum and illustrate it through applications. Taken piecewise, the elements employed here are not new, but taken togeth...

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... The design process used to create the design project is described in [6]. The design project, which is worked by teams of 3-5 students, is defined in this section. ...
... Because FEA is a daily tool for design engineers in many industries [1.2] , mechanical engineering students must know how to use this tool during their education. Many engineering colleges have offered FEA-related courses to their engineering students [3,4,5,6,7] FEA commercial software is a version of solid mechanics and is expressed in the form of computer codes. It is commonly accepted that teaching pure theory and programming of the Finite Element Method (FEM) is for Master-Degree or Ph.D. candidate students and has not been taught for undergraduate engineering students. ...
... The design process used to create the design project is described in [6]. The design project, which is worked by teams of 3-5 students, is defined in this section. ...
... References [12] to [15] include projects with design, analysis and FEA, as well as comparison of experimental results with analytical and/or FEA predictions. In [12], a survey completed by students indicated that learning experiences obtained from the project were valued as much as traditional classroom lectures combined with working homework problems. ...