An undergraduate laboratory has recently been developed to expose junior mechanical engineering students to the concept, components and operation of data acquisition boards, PC-based data acquisition, analysis and control. The laboratory, which has been taught during the last two fall semesters, consists of the compression testing of golf ball cores using a Riehle compression tester, and analysis of the collected data using digital signal processing techniques and statistical process control (SPC). Student feedback to date suggests the labs have had a positive impact on student learning and underline the importance of including the topic of PC-based data acquisition and analysis in an undergraduate engineering curriculum.

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