Parametric virtual laboratory development: A hydropower case study with student perspectives

Thomas, Andrew M. and Vijay, Venkatesh C. and Raju, Pathmeswaran and Chapman, Craig and Chima, Parmjit and Mathur, Alok and Chemaly, Adel (2013) Parametric virtual laboratory development: A hydropower case study with student perspectives. Advances in Engineering Software, 64. pp. 62-70. ISSN 09659978

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Abstract

In order to take advantage of trends such as genetic-design students need to be familiar, and comfortable, with the concept of parametric computer models and how their parameters relate to physical-forms. Virtual learning software can aid in creating that understanding and help support studies at all undergraduate levels in engineering design disciplines. As an example, hydropower rotors are complex and largely rely on computational analysis of geometries for single rotor types. That problem can be significantly overcome using a parametric algorithm capable of creating an almost-infinite variety of computer models. Therefore, this paper investigates the shared parametric properties of common crossflow hydropower rotor geometries, resulting in a generic model that is then used to illustrate application in real-time interactive virtual learning software capable of producing accurate stereoscopic images and stereolithography files for 3D printing, as well as linking to constructive solid geometry software for slower, but more detailed, analysis. A pilot survey of student attitudes to the virtual learning prototype and resulting geometries is then discussed, illustrating the potential for 3D graphics as an effective addition to virtual learning of parametric design methods, and giving initial direction for future work.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Submitted to REF 2014, UoA 11, Craig Chapman
Subjects: G600 Software Engineering
H100 General Engineering
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA11: Computer Science and Informatics
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment > Advanced Design Engineering
Depositing User: Jessica Baylis
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2016 12:04
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2016 12:04
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/246

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