Chacon, R.; Oller, S. Journal of professional issues in engineering education and practice Vol. 143, num. 3, p. 1-9 DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000315 Data de publicació: 2017-07 Article en revista
In engineering, traditional approaches aimed at teaching concepts of dynamics to engineering students include the study of a dense yet sequential theoretical development of proofs and exercises. Structural dynamics are seldom taught experimentally in laboratories since these facilities should be provided with expensive equipment such as wave generators, data-acquisition systems, and heavily wired deployments with sensors. In this paper, the design of an experimental experience in the classroom based upon digital fabrication and modeling tools related to structural dynamics is presented. In particular, all experimental deployments are conceived with low-cost, open-source equipment. The hardware includes Arduino-based open-source electronics whereas the software is based upon object-oriented open-source codes for the development of physical simulations. The set of experiments and the physical simulations are reproducible and scalable in classroom-based environments.
Wirth, X.; Jiang, N.-J.; Silva, T. da; Romero, E.; Della Vecchia, G. Journal of professional issues in engineering education and practice Vol. 143, num. 3, p. 1-8 DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000317 Data de publicació: 2016-10 Article en revista
Forum papers are thought-provoking opinion pieces or essays founded in fact, sometimes containing speculation, on a civil engineering topic of general interest and relevance to the readership of the journal.
Mantecon, J.; Gomez, M.; Rodellar, J. Journal of professional issues in engineering education and practice Vol. 138, num. 4, p. 267-273 DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000110 Data de publicació: 2012 Article en revista
This paper presents the benefits of using an irrigation canal scale model as a main tool for introducing systems dynamics and control to postgraduate civil engineers. The canal is used as an educational resource for teaching the master course Real-Time Control of Irrigation Canals. The prime educational objective of this course is that graduate students interested in building a professional career in water management, are trained to acquire skills that are essential in the development of automation projects for real irrigation canals. As supported by students’ answers to an evaluation survey, using the experimental flume allows them to not only experience the involved hydraulics concepts, but also to be introduced in a hands-on manner to the necessary steps required to face any control system design process: modeling the system, designing the controller, testing the control system by simulation, and implementing them in real time. The theoretical background on dynamics and control supporting all these steps is not usually included in a civil engineering curriculum, and thus using the canal as a teaching resource is a better way of introducing future professional civil engineers to new technologies, making a perfect bridge between the classroom and practical activities on real canal facilities. The experience presented in this paper can be easily extrapolated to other disciplines complementing a classical civil engineering curriculum.