Acquiring torque and rotational speed data from a stationary bicycle for undergraduate teaching

Sean A. Calhoun, Bhumil Diwanji, Philip K. Panicker, Frank K. Lu

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Abstract

A laboratory module was recently developed for an introductory experimental course for sophomore mechanical and aerospace engineering students. The goal of this laboratory is to provide the students with an understanding of digital data acquisition systems for measuring torque and angular velocity in real time. The laboratory comprises of a stationary exercise bicycle, adapted to house a torquemeter on its front axle, an optical tachometer, the data acquisition system and software which converts a computer into a virtual instrument. A group of two or three students is rotated through the laboratory as part of a larger number of laboratory modules. The students access the experiment via the virtual instrument. The experiment requires a student to ride the bicycle. The data acquired are then subsequently analyzed by the students who are required to write individual laboratory reports.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEngineering Education and Professional Development
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Pages729-737
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)0791843017
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007
EventASME 2007 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2007 - Seattle, United States
Duration: Nov 11 2007Nov 15 2007

Publication series

NameASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Proceedings (IMECE)
Volume7

Other

OtherASME 2007 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2007
CountryUnited States
CitySeattle
Period11/11/0711/15/07

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Engineering(all)

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    Calhoun, S. A., Diwanji, B., Panicker, P. K., & Lu, F. K. (2007). Acquiring torque and rotational speed data from a stationary bicycle for undergraduate teaching. In Engineering Education and Professional Development (pp. 729-737). (ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Proceedings (IMECE); Vol. 7). American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). https://doi.org/10.1115/IMECE2007-43429