The hands-on lab offers first-semester students of Mechanical and Materials Engineering the oppurtunity to gain practical experience with important components and machine elements. In the experiments, piping systems are mounted, gear hubs are dismantled and an acutating drive is examined. The lab combines pracitical experience with first theoretical explanations of important topics, which will be regarded in more detail later in the studies. The following professors and employees are involved in the hands-on lab: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Ettrich, Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Claus Fleig, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heinz-Werner Kuhnt, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Günther Waibel, Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Jens Glembin, Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Ulrich Kuttruff und Kfz-Meister Bernhard Schneckenburger.
In the experiment, different pipe components are built up using different connection techniques. This includes a pipe section made of steel pipes that are connected via flanges. In addition, exercise sections are built from galvanized steel pipes with screw-in connections and hydraulic pipes with compression fittings. Finally, these pipe sections are checked for leaks using a test pump. During the laboratory, the students learn the properties and advantages / disadvantages of the pipes and their connection techniques.
An original actuator from AUMA is examined in the lab. After removal, the function of the essential components is determined and a roller bearing is replaced. This gives the students a practical insight into the topics of bearings and shafts. Finally, the function of the actuator is demonstrated on a test bench.
The focus of the experiment is a 3-gear bicycle hub that is dismantled and reassembled. In the disassembled state, the components relevant for the shifting are identified and their function is determined in conjunction with the other components. The students thus gain practical experience in the field of gears and translation.