Project Based Learning started with the goal to help PHCET engineering students develop the skills, tools and character they will need as future leaders in the world of engineering practice.
Department of Automobile Engineering organised PBL on 11th April, 2018 for third year students and 12th April, 2018 for second year students. The necessary equipment and components provided by the college freely to the students to complete their projects. Evaluation was done by panel of faculties by standard rubrics.
The problem statements for PBL are as follows:
Design and Construct a Catapult, so that when the swing arm is pulled back to the desired angle and triggered / released, it propels a ball / mass forward. The triggering of the arm has to be done using electronic means. The ball / mass has to be considered from at least any two different classes of materials. The ball / mass is expected to land on a box or a bucket positioned at some arbitrary distance from it, in the very first bounce. The best design of catapult is the one that throws the ball in the box / bucket at various arbitrary positions, a maximum number of times out of the given 5 attempts.
Mechanics (projectile motion and dynamics), Kinematics (Theory of Machines-I), Mathematics, Computer Programming Concepts, Material Technology, Industrial Electronics, Production Process and Machine Shop Practice
Topic: Aeolipile / The Hero Engine
A hero engine or the Aeolipile is an ancient device that uses steam to produce rotational motion. Water is heated inside a chamber and the steam produced is released from a pair of nozzles. This produces a torque causing the device to rotate.
Students will be asked to design in solid works, generate a mathematical model and finally build and test the device. The device should be able to rotate at a certain peak RPM, for a fixed amount of time and it needs to be attached to a generator to generate a voltage of at least 1V. The device will be developed in multiple stages.
Mechanics (Projectile Motion and Dynamics), Kinematics (Theory of Machines-I), Mathematics, Computer Programming Concepts, Material Technology, Industrial Electronics, Production Process and Machine Shop Practice, Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer