Bringing 3D Printing to the Mechanics of Composite Materials Course, ME446/646

The new lab modules instruct students (1) to design and fabricate carbon fiber reinforced composite beams and (2) to evaluate and test the strengths. The 3D printer used for this course is capable of printing continuous fiber,  Kevlar, and fiberglass and fabricating parts with a high strength-to-weight ratio. Printing of well-known reinforced structures widely used in aerospace and construction provides an opportunity to appreciate the knowledge delivered in textbooks. Design of fiber reinforcement patterns creates both anisotropic and quasi-isotropic ply constructions and results in a wide variety of mechanical performance.

Creating A Computer-Lab-Based Finite Element Analysis Course, ME457

This course presents approaches to computational modeling and simulation of the mechanical response of structures subjected to static, dynamic and thermal loads. The emphasis is on 2D/3D linear and nonlinear problems in mechanics. The course objectives are (1) to develop abilities to solve problems in solid and structural mechanics using commercial finite element software, ANSYS, and (2) to demonstrate an appreciation for the power of the finite element method and the limitations to the methodology. Students have access to ANSYS Workbench through any of the Windows computers in the Engineering Computing Center and the Mechanical Engineering Computer Lab at UNR.

Opening Our Lab to K-12

The University of Nevada, Reno’s Outreach Program Office hosts annual open-house activities, including Engineer’s Day, Mobile Engineering Education Lab, and Engineering Summer Camps for K-12 students and underrepresented groups. During outreach activities, our group interact with these audiences using our in-house lab modules and educational kits, which are designed with a dedicated consideration of the audiences’ cognition.