Development of CAE Course Project Focusing on Data Management through Windshield Wiper System Design

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Conference Proceeding

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2007 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) has been a core course for Mechanical Engineering students at Kettering University. This paper presents an approach to develop a team project for the CAE course. The approach addresses Project Data Management (PDM) through an automotive windshield system design and analysis. The purpose of the course project is to learn how to manage teamwork and share data when working on assemblies and their related parts. Automotive windshield wiper systems are used in vehicles to remove contaminants such as rain, sleet, snow and dirt from the windshield. A typical wiper system consists of an electric motor, a linkage mechanism to transform rotational motion from the motor to oscillatory motion and a pair of wiper arms and blades. Such an assembly is representative in terms of complexity for a mechanical system and therefore ideal for this course project. Each project team sets up a “configured project” including Roles, States, Approval Process, Library and Catalogue. Each team member is responsible for several parts design or analysis. Through data sharing and iteration of all team members, the wiper system assembly is optimized to meet the given technical specifications. Kettering is a member of the Partners for the Advancement of CAE Education (PACE) program, and the CAE team project will be performed in our PACE Laboratory equipped with advanced workstations and CAE software suite

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© 2007 American Society for Engineering Education