MEAM 150 provides students with an immersive, hands-on education in the prototype development process. This includes layout, measurement, part generation, milling, turning, computer-controlled machining, and many other manufacturing processes. Through the construction of a semester-long project, students gain proficiency in the skills necessary to successfully prototype a variety of mechanical systems.
Stirling Engine Project
The following table lists the parts that are due at the BEGINNING of your lab section during the week specified:
|due week of||part||machine(s)||difficulty||drawing|
|Feb 14||Mounting Block||Mill, Prototrak||4||01-D|
|Feb 21||Piston||Lathe, Mill||3||07-D|
|Crankshaft Bearing Tube||Lathe||3||08-C|
|Feb 28||Piston Connecting Rod||Prototrak||3||05-D|
|Displacer Rod Fork||Mill, Lathe||3||13-B|
|Mar 14||Balance Weight||Prototrak||2||10-T|
|Heat Sink||Lathe, Mill||4||12-E|
|Displacer Bushing Tube||Lathe||4||09-C|
|Mar 28||Displacer Connecting Rod||Prototrak||3||06-B|
|Output Shaft||Lathe, Mill||2||18-D|
|Apr 4||Return Crank||Prototrak||3||14-C|
|Apr 11||Flywheel Subassembly||?||4-6||17-A|
|Apr 25||Completed Engine||n/a||4||200-E|
Past semester schedules can be found here.
Wall of Champions
At the conclusion of the project, we test each student's engine using a small butane table torch. The fastest engines from each semester are listed below:
While a large majority of this hands-on course takes place in the machine shop, there is some classroom content, the slides for which are below. Note - some images shown in the slides were acquired from the web and it is entirely possible that I lost track of the source at some point - please let me know if you have a citation that you believe should be included.
The Displacer Fork
Anam Omar (MEAM, class of 2012) created the following video of Evan Hyde (MEAM, class of 2011) working on one of the Stirling engine parts (the brass displacer rod fork). She shot over 2 hours of footage to create this minute-long video for her CINE 061 (Film/Video 1) course in the Fall of 2008.