Fabricate, test, and analyze real components that are subjected to external loading to see how well they compare to finite element models.
Finite element analysis (FEA) is a commonly used tool to simulate the behavior of parts and components that are subjected to various types of loading. However, the accuracy of FEA is often limited by how closely the real physical component can be modeled in the simulation environment. Experimental validation allows for a comparison between the actual behavior and the simulated behavior of a part or component.
For this project, students will fabricate parts in the Engineering Machine Shop and test the parts in the Materials Lab. The measured behavior of the parts will be compared to the results generated by a commercial simulation software (e.g. SOLIDWORKS, ANSYS). Students will utilize sensors and electronics to measure forces, displacements, and strain. They will also be required to analyze and present data in meaningful ways.
Experimental and simulated results will be compiled in a written report at the end of the work. Students will be encouraged to present their work at local conferences and poster competitions.
|Length of commitment||About a semester (3-5 months) |
|Start time||Fall, Spring, Summer|
|Level of collaboration||Small group project (2-3 students)|
|Who is eligible||All undergraduate students|
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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering