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Model rocket workshop : a Problem-Based Learning experience for engineering students
Rojas Gregorio, José Ignacio; Prats Menéndez, Xavier; Villardi de Montlaur, Adeline de; García-Berro Montilla, Enrique
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament d'Enginyeria Mecànica; Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament de Física Aplicada; Escola Politècnica Superior de Castelldefels; Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. GAA - Grup d'Astronomia i Astrofísica; Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. GCM - Grup de Caracterització de Materials. Divisió aeroespacial; Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. LACÀN - Centre Específic de Recerca de Mètodes Numèrics en Ciències Aplicades i Enginyeria; Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. SAC - Sistemes Avançats de Control
A Problem-Based Learning (PBL) experience for undergraduate students of aerospace engineering is described in this paper. The experience allows the students to build a model rocket using materials which can be easily obtained. They also compute all the relevant quantities to design and characterize the rocket and they test the robustness of their design. They furthermore launch the rocket with the corresponding payload and verify the flight parameters using an on-board altimeter. Finally, they also compare the flight parameters with the theoretically expected values. Using this simple scheme the students are later introduced in the simulation of complex flows, using standard techniques. We find that our students get rapidly involved in the project, allowing them to acquire several practical abilities, besides developing an accurate knowledge of the physics of rockets and of fluid dynamics.
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Àrees temàtiques de la UPC::Ensenyament i aprenentatge::Metodologies docents::Aprenentatge basat en problemes i projectes
Àrees temàtiques de la UPC::Aeronàutica
Problem-based learning
Problem solving
Model Rocket Workshop
Problem-Based Learning
Rocketry
Transversal skills
Aprenentatge basat en problemes
Aprenentatge -- Ensenyament universitari
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Spain
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/es/
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International Association of Online Engineering
         

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