Title

Designing an Optical Mechanics Experiment

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2011

Publication Source

World Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education (WTE&TE)

Volume

9

Issue

3

Inclusive pages

137-144

Publisher

UNESCO International Centre for Engineering Education

Place of Publication

Australia

ISBN/ISSN

1446-2257

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

ABSTRACT: An optical engineering experiment that combines optical science and the mechanics of materials is presented. The goal is to enhance stress concentration instruction, as well as engineering optics by incorporating optical experiments using caustics within the existing curricula. The proposed experimental method and demonstration are of fundamental value to mechanical engineering students as it introduces the students to an optical stress transducer. The proposed experiment creates a hands-on learning opportunity of engineering optics for students. Details of the theory and experimental setup needed for undergraduate civil and mechanical engineering students are presented. The optical bench and the material for the proposed optical mechanics experiment are economical. Therefore, the integration of this optical mechanics experiment adds a new dimension to a mechanical engineering laboratory.

Keywords

Engineering, optical science, stress concentration

Disciplines

Engineering | Mechanical Engineering | Other Mechanical Engineering