ME 240 - Product Dissection
(and ME 105S/106S/107S)

Spring 2013, TR 2:30-4:25pm in 314 Hammond

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Used bicycles (typically 10 speed versions) are dissected and refurbished. Students explore engineering principles such as work, energy, power transmission, materials, biomechanics things they never thought of before when they rode their bike!

  • Bicycle Dissection Handout <PDF>
  • Bicycle Lecture Slides Part 1 (Intro and History) <PPT>
  • Bicycle Lecture Slides Part 2 (Biomechanics) <PPT>
  • Bicycle Lecture Slides Part 3 (Design Issues) <PPT>
  • Pine Grove Mills Topo Map <JPEG>
  • Bicycle Power Calculator


Bicycle Dissection Schedule:

Date
Activity
Reading
Grade
Jan. 8 & Jan. 10 Video: Bicycle Evolution
Session 0: Getting the Patient Ready
Session 1: Brakes and Gears

BM 1, 2, & 4
BM 13 & 17
5 pts
5 pts
15 pts
Jan. 15 & Jan. 17 Session 2: Shifters and Chains
Session 3: Derailleur, Freewheel, and Hub
Hand in journals (Sessions 0 & 1 will be graded)
BM 9 & 8
BM 11, 7, & 5
10 pts
10 pts
Jan. 22 & Jan. 24 Session 4: Crankshaft
BM 6
10 pts
Jan. 29 & Jan. 31 Session 5: Reassemble and Adjust
Hand in journals (Sessions 2 & 3 will be graded)
Entire BM Guide
10 pts
Feb. 5 & Feb. 7 Session 6: Wrap-up and Testing
Bicycle Wiki Reports Due
Hand in journals (Sessions 4-6 will be graded)


5 pts
30 pts

Reading Material (copies provided in class):

  1. "A Short History of Human-Powered Vehicles", David Gordon Wilson, American Scientist, Volume 74, 1986, pp. 350-357.
  2. Bicycling Magazine's Complete Guide to Bicycle Maintenance and Repair, Rodale Press, Emmaus, PA, 1994.
  3. Richard's ultimate bicycle book, by R. Ballantine and R. Grant, Dorling Kindersley Inc., New York., 1992.
  4. Science of cycling, E. R. Burke editor, Human Kinetics, 1986.
  5. The way things work, by David Macauley, Houghton Mifflin, NY 1988.


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