Teaching Tribology in Engineering Courses

Kosse, Vladis & Hargreaves, Douglas J. (2006) Teaching Tribology in Engineering Courses. In Hargreaves, Douglas J., Kosse, Vladis, & Tan, A. (Eds.) Austrib 06 - International Tribology Conference, 3 - 6 December 2006, Brisbane.



It is becoming more and more important for engineering graduates to become aware that reliable performance of equipment depends not only on the implementation of general design principles but also on understanding of fundamentals of friction, wear and lubrication (Tribology). Many universities in engineering courses teach just basic principles of engineering and mechanical design. Some universities introduced in engineering design subjects elements of machine condition monitoring and friction and wear. Queensland University of Technology (QUT) went further and introduced initially an elective subject Tribology, and then a specialisation within BE Mechanical Degree on Engineering Maintenance with a unique structure of mechanical design subjects. This structure includes three subjects: Fundamentals of mechanical design; Design of mechanical components and machines; and Design and maintenance of machinery. In this paper the analysis is presented of teaching and learning approaches, benefits of the new structure and feedback from students. Some of the presented approaches are as follows: systematic teaching of Tribology, machine reliability machine condition monitoring, machine failure analysis (including Anticipatory Failure DeterminationTM, AFDTM, method), continuing projects (gearbox project in the second design unit and lubrication project in the third design unit). These innovative teaching approaches received overwhelming students’ support. The feedback from graduates indicates that they are much better prepared for engineering practice.

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ID Code: 10928
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: tribology, curricula development, engineering design, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 27 Nov 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:22

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