Computer Control of Second Year Structures Practical

Brown, Rhys Andrew (2006). Computer Control of Second Year Structures Practical B.Sc Thesis, School of Engineering, The University of Queensland.

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Author Brown, Rhys Andrew
Thesis Title Computer Control of Second Year Structures Practical
School, Centre or Institute School of Engineering
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2006
Thesis type B.Sc Thesis
Supervisor Martin Veidt
Total pages 72
Language eng
Subjects 0913 Mechanical Engineering
Formatted abstract
Hands-on laboratory work is an extremely powerful tool in engineering education. The aim of this thesis is to create a computer controlled bending of beams practical that gives students full exposure to many of the areas taught in deformable mechanics in a laboratory environment.

The project plan for the thesis undertaken is to develop a computer controlled bending of beams practical for use in the second year deformable mechanics subject MECH2300. The thesis aims to use technology to enhance the learning capabilities of the bending of beams experiment and allow easier marking of completed experiments. Three transducers will be used to acquire data into a personal computer. Strain gauges will be used to measure stress in beams while analogue load cells will be used to measure reaction forces. A digital dial gauge will be used to measure deflection. All methods of the data acquisition process from the physical mounting of the devices to the acquisition of signals needs to be designed.

A computer program written in the programming language LabVIEW will then be used by the students to acquire, process and discuss the results. The computer program is built from
several experimental ‘modules’, which are experimental tasks that explore the theoretical concepts behind various deformable solids principles. The final version of the computer program also contains executables to test and maintain the experimental equipment.

Finally this thesis looks at results obtained from the computer program and examines their accuracy and repeatability. Maintenance procedures for the experimental equipment are also documented. Overall, this thesis has involved the successful development and implementation of a computer controlled bending of beams experiment.
Keyword Computer control

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