A simple digital logic project for freshman engineering

David R. Doucette, Gunter W. Georgi, Lorcan Folan

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Abstract

Like many other schools, Polytechnic University has developed robotics projects using commercial products such as Robolab® for its Freshman Engineering course. These projects have been well-received by many students 1. However, some Freshman students have commented that they wanted something more related to Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. To meet this demand, we have developed a project for digital logic design that uses a model train set. The project uses a train layout with several express and local tracks, with paths blocked with freight cars. The student uses sensor inputs from the layout to determine which track sections are occupied, and to find a path for® a locomotive to follow from one end of the layout to the other. Digital logic is used to find the path, and to actually throw train switches to have the locomotive follow the proper route. Students are familiar with model trains, and actually driving the switches with the logic they design captures their interest. The basics of simple logic design can be covered quickly and implemented using LabVIEW without getting into circuit analysis. The track layout that is employed provides a challenge in finding the optimal route, but at the same time is not overwhelming to the student. It can also be the basis for a lively design competition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2005 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
Pages12743-12752
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2005
Event2005 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: The Changing Landscape of Engineering and Technology Education in a Global World - Portland, OR, United States
Duration: Jun 12 2005Jun 15 2005

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Other2005 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: The Changing Landscape of Engineering and Technology Education in a Global World
CountryUnited States
CityPortland, OR
Period6/12/056/15/05

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Logic design
Students
Locomotives
Switches
Freight cars
Electrical engineering
Electric network analysis
Robotics
Sensors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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Doucette, D. R., Georgi, G. W., & Folan, L. (2005). A simple digital logic project for freshman engineering. In 2005 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings (pp. 12743-12752)

A simple digital logic project for freshman engineering. / Doucette, David R.; Georgi, Gunter W.; Folan, Lorcan.

2005 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings. 2005. p. 12743-12752.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Doucette, DR, Georgi, GW & Folan, L 2005, A simple digital logic project for freshman engineering. in 2005 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings. pp. 12743-12752, 2005 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: The Changing Landscape of Engineering and Technology Education in a Global World, Portland, OR, United States, 6/12/05.
Doucette DR, Georgi GW, Folan L. A simple digital logic project for freshman engineering. In 2005 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings. 2005. p. 12743-12752
Doucette, David R. ; Georgi, Gunter W. ; Folan, Lorcan. / A simple digital logic project for freshman engineering. 2005 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings. 2005. pp. 12743-12752
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