ENGRMAE 151 Mechanical Engineering Design (2015-2016)

ENGRMAE 151 Mechanical Engineering Design

(Required for ME. Selected Elective for MSE.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRMAE 151 Mechanical Engineering Design (Credit Units: 4) A comprehensive group design project experience that involves identifying customer needs, idea generation, reverse engineering, preliminary design, standards, prototype development, testing, analysis, and redesign of a product involving fluid, thermal, and mechanical components. Introduces design for manufacturing and the environment. Prerequisite: MAE120, MAE145, and MAE170. Senior Standing. Materials Science Engineering and Mechanical majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 3)

Required Textbook:
Recommended Textbook:
  • Ulrich, K.T. and Eppinger, S.D. Product Design and Development, 3rd Edition, McGraw Hill, 2004.
  • Dym, C.L. and Little P. Engineering Design: A Project-Based Introduction, John Wiley and Sons, 1993.
  • Ertas, A. and Jones, J.C. The Engineering Design Process, John Wiley and Sons, 1993.
  • Ullman, D.G. The Mechanical Design Process, McGraw-Hill, 1992.
  • Pugh, S. Total Design; Integrated Methods for Successful Product Engineering, Addison Wesley, 1991.
  • Fundamentals of Engineering Supplied Reference Handbook downloaded from website: http:// www.ncees.org/exams/study_materials/fe_handbook/
  • Petroski, H. Design Paradigms: Case Histories of Error and Judgment in Engineering, Cambridge University Press, 1994.
  • Macauley, D. The Way Things Work, Houghton Mifflin, 1988.
  • MacDonald, A.L, Feminine Ingenuity: How Women Inventors Changed America, Ballantine, 1992.
Derek Dunn-Rankin
Relationship to Student Outcomes
This course relates to Student Outcomes: EAC b, EAC c, EAC d, EAC f, EAC g, EAC i.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Recognize engineering design in daily life (EAC i)

2. Connect fundamental engineering knowledge to design in fluid, thermal, and mechanical devices (EAC b)

3. Solve design problems as part of a coordinated engineering team (EAC d)

4. Opportunity to experience and communicate a formal design process (EAC g)

5. Use estimation and intuition in the selection of viable design alternatives.

6. Exposure to the relationship between design and manufacturing.

7. Explore and analyze new product concepts (invention and innovation) (EAC c)

8. Opportunity to discuss engineering obligations (ethics and societal impact) (EAC f)

Prerequisites by Topic

Fundamentals of Control Systems; Thermodynamics and Energy Conservation; Basic Inviscid and Viscous Fluid Mechanics Fundamentals of Heat Transfer; Strength of Materials; Vibrations

Lecture Topics:
  • Estimation, rules-of-thumb, back-of-the-envelope calculations - 2 hrs
  • Intellectual Property: Patents and Inventions - 2 rs
  • Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (review preparation) - 4 hrs
  • Design Process - 10 hrs
    • Goal and specifications
    • Idea generation and competitive benchmarking
    • Design concepts
    • Analysis for design
    • Downselection process
    • Prototype development and testing
    • Redesign and evaluation
    • Final design presentation
  • Design for Manufacturing, Assembly, and the Environment - 2 hrs
  • Application of statistics in decisions - 1 hr
  • Teamwork and group dynamics - 1 hr
  • Manufacturing processes - 2 hrs
  • Analysis of product failure - 2 hrs
  • Ethics in Engineering - 2 hrs
  • Special Topics (invited speakers) - 2 hrs
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of laboratory each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

AutoCad, Unigraphics, SolidWorks, Powerpoint, Matlab, MathCad.

Laboratory Projects:

Group Design Project, 1st Phase – the deconstruction and competitive benchmarking of an actual commercial thermo-electro-mechanical device. The testing phase is completed in a laboratory. Group Design Project, 2nd Phase – an thermo/fluid and electromechanical design problem based on the deconstruction phase described above. The testing and comparison takes place in the laboratory.

Professional Component

Contributes toward the Mechanical Engineering Topics courses and Major design experience.

Design Content Description

5 design exercises: 3 individual; 2 in groups. At least 1 oral and 3 written reports are required; a final design project report. 1) Group assignments - students explore the design/manufacturing interface using a commonplace device or implement. Encouraged to visit local manufacturers. 2) Design Project, 1st component (in group) – design challenge begins with the deconstruction of an thermo-electro-mechanical device (5 weeks). (Example: deconstruct a hair dryer and determine its fluid/thermal/mechanical performance). 3) New Product Directions (individual) – develop an invention and examine the patent literature. 4) Design Project, 2nd component (in group) – design challenge from the thermo-electro-mechanical systems arena (5 weeks). (Example: design a musical instrument from a hair dryer. 5) Failure Analysis (individual) – uncover a failed device or component and analyze the source of the failure using basic thermal, fluid, vibration, or strength of materials considerations.

Lectures: 50%
Laboratory Portion: 50%
Grading Criteria:
  • Lab Assignments: 70%
  • In-class Participation: 10%
  • Oral Presentations: 10%
  • Project Reports: 10%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 1.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 3.0 credit units

August 6, 2014
Senate Approved:
April 29, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr