Design and Hands-On Experiences for Undergraduates: Case Study on Design, Construction, and Testing of Small Aircraft Models


This Paper Describes the Development of a New Design Course in the Aerospace Engineering Curriculum at the University of Missouri-Rolla Offered during the Sophomore Year. the Course is Designed to Offer Learning Opportunities that Apply the Fundamentals of Design Along with Hands-On Experience. the Students Are Required to Analyze and Solve Open-Ended Design Problems, Build Models that Illustrate What They Have Proposed in the Analysis Phase, Test and Experiment with Different Design Concepts, and Use Engineering Process Skills Such as Teamwork and Development of Technical Reports. an Emphasis is Placed on the Connection between Theory and Design Applications, Comparisons of Analytical Work with Test Results, Reporting, and Working with Peers. Details of the Course Content, Organization, and Guidelines to Develop Small Aircraft Models Along with the Testing Hardware Needed Are Given.


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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01 Jan 1995