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Benefits of Full-scale Physical Models in Civil Engineering Education

Behnejad, SA (2016) Benefits of Full-scale Physical Models in Civil Engineering Education In: 123rd Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education - ASEE 2016, 2016-06-26 - 2016-06-29, New Orleans, LA, USA.

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Abstract

Engineering students, usually, show a greater interest in topics which are demonstrated physically rather than those that are explained using the so called ‘chalk and talk’ methods, that is, by oral presentations and blackboard/whiteboard/OHP. Also, students are motivated by hands-on experience and by linking concepts and physical models to real engineering problems. A hands-on project has been designed by the Author for civil engineering students to improve their practical considerations in designing structures. The project is about Design, Assembly and Dismantling (DAD) of a full-scale lattice structure. A specific teaching kit including prefabricated full-scale tubular steel members, as well as required connectors has been designed and manufactured for the DAD Project and the participants design a structure using (all or part of) the provided structural components. The project is modified to suite the participants at different levels, i.e. postgraduate or undergraduate levels. Also, a simpler version has been offered as a part of the ‘University Promotional Programmes’ for secondary school students. This paper provides further information about the background of the DAD Project and discusses the Project in more detail. Also, relevant literature is reviewed and a methodology is proposed to assess the potential benefits of using full-scale physical models as a part of a master degree module offered in the academic year 2015-16. Finally, the outcomes of the research, as well as further recommendations are provided.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Conference Paper)
Subjects : Civil & Environmental Engineering
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Behnejad, SAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 26 June 2016
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright © 2016 American Society for Engineering Education.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Engineering Education, Full Scale Physical Models, Hands-on Activity, Model Base Teaching, Lattice Spatial Structures
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 03 Nov 2016 10:58
Last Modified : 03 Nov 2016 10:58
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/812215

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