TechnoLab™

What is TechnoLab™?

TechnoLab™ is an innovative STEM teaching platform for Statics, Mechanics and Dynamics aimed at tertiary institutions that support Engineering courses at certificate, diploma or degree levels of tuition. 

 

It is designed in such a way as to engage students working to  perform experiments in pairs, thus providing a true “hands-on” learning experience.

 

Particular experiment kits that TechnoLab™ supports may also be of interest to senior Secondary school year levels.

 

TechnoLab™ is fully supported, assembled and marketed by Strucomp P/L.

 

The TechnoLab™ system boasts a number of innovations and attributes that sets it apart from other competitive systems that attempt to deal with similar teaching material

 

TechnoLab™ Experiment Kits

TechnoLab experiment kits are delivered in various modules/fittings to suit your course outline:
1.    Statics/Materials (Standard Pixi Frame)
2.    Flexure (Standard Pixi Frame)
3.    Column Buckling/Instability
4.    Dynamics

1.      

 

This category of TechnoLab™ introductory experiment kits offers a number of choices from which a selection can be made to produce a tailored bundle to suit your institution’s needs. Experiment kits are aimed at the Basic Mechanics level of material often taught in subjects in the first year of Engineering Courses.

Experiments are continuously being refined and developed by TechnoLab™ to enhance existing experiment kits and to produce new ones.  New experiments will be identified as such in the listing below.

 

Statics/Materials

 

 
B1 - Equilibrium of in-place forces
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B2 - Equilibrium of a solid body in 2D (applied forces/couple)
B3 - Shear modulus/stiffness of close coiled helical springs
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T1 - Forces in a two bar truss
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B4,B5 - Stiffness of close coiled helical springs in SERIES + PARALLEL
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T2 - Forces in a three bar truss

 

T3 - Forces in a seven bar truss

 

T4 - Foces in a redundant seven bar truss

 

This Category of TechnoLab™ flexure experiment kits offers a number of choices from which a selection can be made to produce a tailored bundle to suit your institution’s needs. Experiment kits are aimed at the Basic/Intermediate Mechanics level of material that traverses subjects taught throughout all year levels of Civil, Structural and Mechanical Engineering Courses.

Experiments are continuously being refined and developed by TechnoLab™ to enhance existing experiment kits and to produce new ones.  New experiments will be identified as such in the listing below.

 

Flexure

 

2.      

 

 
F1 - Deflections of a cantilever (materials)

 

F2 - Deflections of a simply supported beam (materials)

 

F3 - Deflections of a cantilever (cross-section)

 

F5 - Deflections and reactions in a simply supported beam with an overhang

 

F7 - Reactions and deflections of a propped cantilever beam

 

F9 - BM & SF in beam

 

P1 - Plastic behaviour of a simply supported beam and a cantilever

 

F4 - Deflections of a simply supported beam (cross-section)

 

F6 - Principles of superposition and reciprocity in flexure

 

F8 - Reactions and deflections of a two-span continuous beam

 

A1 - Stress/strain in a simply supported beam

 

P2 - Plastic behaviour of a propped cantilever

 

P3 - Plastic behaviour of a single bay portal frame

 

3. 

Column Buckling/Instability

 

 

This Category of TechnoLab™ buckling  experiment kits offers a small selection for a tailored bundle to suit your institution’s needs. Material for Buckling/Instability is often taught in Mechanics subjects in the first and/or second year of Engineering Courses.

 

Experiments are continuously being refined and developed by TechnoLab™ to enhance existing experiment kits and to produce new ones.  “New” experiments will be identified as such in the listing below.

 

C1 - Buckling of a pin-ended column - effect of fluxural rigidity (EI): influence of I - XN

 

C3 - Buckling of a Pin‐ended Column ‐ Effect of Length

 

C2 - Buckling of a Pin‐ended Column ‐ Effect of Flexural Rigidity (EI): Influence of E (material)

 

C4 - Buckling of a Column ‐ Effect of End Supports (Pin‐Pin; Fix‐Pin; Fix‐Fix)

 

C5 - Buckling of a Column ‐ Effect of Sway (Fix‐Pin_Roller; Fix‐Fix_Roller)

 

 

Dynamics

 

4. 

This Category of TechnoLab™ dynamics experiment kits offers a small selection for a tailored bundle to suit your institution’s needs. Material for Dynamics is often taught in Mechanics subjects in the first and/or second year of Engineering Courses.

Experiments are continuously being refined and developed by TechnoLab™ to enhance existing experiment kits and to produce new ones.  “New” experiments will be identified as such in the listing below.

Two-storey Sway Frame

 

Beam Vibration on Single-Storey Frame

 

TechnoLab™ Features:

 

Innovations and distinguishing attributes include:

  • the hardware of the system is easy to assemble and portable (Aluminium Case, Satchel)

  • it does not require special facilities (eg laboratory space) or instrumentation

  • the system incorporates a Pixi Frame™ (Pixi) that is approx. A3 in size that can accommodate a large number of experiment kits specifically designed for it by the developer, Nicholas Haritos – a retired long serving academic with over 40 years of teaching experience in the fundamental engineering material that this system treats

  • it is marketed in terms of a bundled set of supported experiments - typically 12 Pixi/Window Frames with a chosen set of experiment kits from the available list to suit the teaching subject it is meant to support which is suited to a class of 24 students so students work in pairs to perform experiments and thereby gain a true “hands-on” learning experience – not merely a demonstration. (Note: TechnoLab™ provides a 13th set of hardware for the Tutor/Demonstrator of the class as a “bonus” when the system is purchased as a bundle in this way).

  • experiment kits that the Pixi Frames™ support are focused on the particular lesson(s) associated with the topic being treated in an easy to observe and revealing approach (eg deflections/ deformations of members/elements in the experiment under investigation are exaggerated to be clearly visible and recorded on a Window Frame (window) that accompanies the Pixi Frame™   or   compared against predicted results on a notebook computer screen (screen); digital scales are used to measure reaction forces (Scales); a mechanical spring force transducer (force) or load buckets using accurate ball-bearing weights or a variable assembly of screw-on disk weights directly onto the specimen under test or via a string-and-pulley arrangement (load)

  • should additional accuracy beyond that achieved by the use of digital calipers (supplied) or reading directly off the graticule on the Window Frame, be desirable, the system offers “xyRectify” digital photogrammetric software (xyRectify) that allows rectification of digital images taken by digital cameras (phone cameras can be used), to obtain co-ordinates of desired points/features of test specimens to typically a 0.1 mm or better accuracy – camera resolution dependent (xyRectify-image)

  • the TechnoLab™  system offers a large number of experiment kit options, fully supported by the developer with material including: experiment description sheets; pro-forma reporting sheets; support Excel spreadsheets and software that is experiment dependent; tutor support material (Tutor_kit)

  • the system is versatile and easily expandable to accommodate new experiment kits that are continuing to be developed (expt_list)

  • It offers experiments that other suppliers of test equipment for Statics, Mechanics and Dynamics currently do not, (eg: Equilibrium of a 2D rigid body subjected point forces and a couple; Bifurcation of column buckling with sway)

  • the large range of test specimen/test parameter combinations (specimens) available to the majority of experiment kits that TechnoLab™ supports, (for example a number of material types: timber, steel, aluminium, polycarbonate, perspex, carbon-fibre and copper with several cross-section combinations (not across all material types) of:  rectangular, square – solid and hollow, circular – solid and hollow) reduces/eliminates opportunities for plagiarism in experiment reporting by students

  • the system offers distance learning opportunities. (closed_case)

  • it is affordable to tertiary institutions throughout the world  despite the rather “tight” current financial climate (contact Strucomp P/L for a quotation)

 

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