Designing an Optical Mechanics Experiment
World Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education (WTE&TE)
UNESCO International Centre for Engineering Education
Place of Publication
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.
Engineering, optical science, stress concentration
Engineering | Mechanical Engineering | Other Mechanical Engineering
Nashwan Younis (2011).
Designing an Optical Mechanics Experiment. World Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education (WTE&TE).9 (3), 137-144. Australia: UNESCO International Centre for Engineering Education.