I’m working on a mechanical engineering report and need a sample draft to help me study.
This report is towards a lab, this lab isn’t a full lab more of a theoretical type, the data is already given all that needs to happen is to complete the results and create the report itself.
The report should consist of
1) TITLE PAGE – Include the title of the experiment, your name, your group number, and the date the
experiment was performed.
2) ABSTRACT – The abstract is a summary of the report which allows the reader to decide if he/she
wants to read the entire report. Often the abstract will be published separately from the body of the report,
so it must not contain specific references to other report sections. The abstract should communicate the
scope of the work and any important conclusions, and be about one-half page in length.
3) INTRODUCTION – This section is one of the more important sections, in that the reader is
introduced to the lab experiment’s objectives and purpose of documentation. In addition, a theory
discussion, which may include equations, behind the calculations may be introduced in order to know
what kind of key thermodynamic or fluid relationships will be involved. Table of Contents is only
optional for this class, as it is not included in most industry articles.
4) DESCRIPTION OF WORK – Give a brief description (one page maximum) of the work done,
including what data was obtained and how it is used to produce the results. Do not give a detailed
description of the equipment – remember, the audience is the lab instructor. Note the use of past tense and passive
voice. In addition, include a lab setup description, either in a flow chart template or an actual picture of
the environment, pointing out the different devices used. Do not list in a numerical order what task was
accomplished by which team member – as mentioned in class, this is just a paraphrased summary of the
instructions you and your team performed to meet the desired objectives.
5) RESULTS AND DISCUSSION – This section should communicate the results of the experiment and
address any questions which are posed in the lab procedure handout. Much of the information should be
given in tables and graphs, which can be supported and elaborated upon in the text. Do not underestimate
the worth of tables – their use can make it easier for you to summarize detailed information, and make it
easier for the reader to quickly assimilate key results. (Examples – “Table 1 shows the throttle settings
and speed ranges used for the engine performance tests included in this report.” “Figure 2 shows the
variation of horsepower with engine speed at each of the throttle settings. Note that horsepower peaks at a
higher engine speed as the throttle opening is increased.”) Once again passive voice is preferred. Also
note the use of present tense – this is not a universal rule but it is important to be consistent with your use
of tense. Both tables and graphs should include a title and be numbered. Make sure to include units in
column headings (for tables) and axis labels (for graphs).
6) CONCLUSIONS – Were your objectives met? This section restates the key results for the reader, and
should not include any new information regarding results which was not given in the previous section. It
is also appropriate to include recommendations for future work (in your case, suggestions about
equipment and/or procedure improvement would be helpful).
7) APPENDIX – Include detailed information which was not appropriate for the body of the report. At a
minimum, your appendix should include your raw data sheet, and sample calculations used for data
reduction. A reference section is optional since most of them will have already been listed in the class
Attached below is the lab manual, and the next attachemnt is the raw and given data.