Design Modules

Within the IDEAS project, three modules (Biomechanics, Wind Energy, and Aquaculture) for first-year engineering students have been developed).

Aquaculture: Students designed, constructed and analyzed a lab-scale aerator to re-aerate 5 gallons of water. Student activities included the following:

  • Mass balance, molecular weight, chemical reaction and general aquaculture related unit conversion problems
  • Spreadsheet activities regarding chemical reactions due to oxygen consumption through fish respiration and waste byproduct decomposition
  • Ethics of aquaculture
  • Basic and quality control statistical class and homework problems related to aquaculture
  • Data collection and recording
  • Team and section aeration analysis (waste concentrations, oxygen consumption, determining re-aeration equation, calculating the number of aerators required for various sized facilities)

Biomechanics: Students designed, constructed and analyzed a prosthetic leg to perform a kick. Student activities included the following:

  • Biomechanics related unit conversion problems
  • Classroom activities measuring average range of motion for the human knee
  • Ethics of design, manufacture, use of their prosthetic leg
  • Basic and quality control statistical class and homework problems related to human growth and development
  • Data collection and recording
  • Team and section force analysis (acceleration and forces)

Wind Energy: Students designed, constructed, tested and analyzed a lab-scale wind turbine. The following activities were completed by students:

  • Wind energy unit conversion problems
  • Ethics of wind energy
  • Basic and quality control statistical class and homework problems related to wind energy
  • Data collection and recording
  • Team and section wind energy analysis (power produced, torque, mechanical power)