ENGRMAE 152 Introduction to Computer-Aided Engineering (2015-2016)

ENGRMAE 152 Introduction to Computer-Aided Engineering

(Not required for any major. Selected Elective for ME and MSE.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRMAE 152 Introduction to Computer-Aided Engineering (Credit Units: 4) Elements and principles of computer-aided engineering with modern hardware and software are presented with a design focus. Case studies are used to assist in finite-element method techniques. Not offered every year. Prerequisite: ENGRMAE 150 or ENGR150; MAE120. Materials Science Engineering and Mechanical Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 2)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-1585035144.

Recommended Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0471107743.



J. Michael McCarthy
Relationship to Student Outcomes
This course relates to Student Outcomes: EAC a, EAC c, EAC k.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Model physical designs and understand the limitation of using finite element analysis (EAC a)

2. Use these models to perform linear static structural analysis (EAC c)

3. Perform modal and modal transient dynamics analysis (EAC c)

4. Understand how to use the commercial FEA programs NASTRAN and PATRAN (EAC k)

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Heat Transfer
  • Mechanics of Materials
Lecture Topics:
  • Introduction to Finite Element Analysis (Week 1)
  • Direct Determination of Stiffness Matrix, Finite Element Types (Week 2)
  • 3 Min Oral Discussion of Projects (Week 3)
  • Beams and Bars (Week 4)
  • Stress-Strain relations (Week 5)
  • Isoparametric Elements, Gauss Quadrature,Symmetry (Week 6)
  • Sources of Error (Week 7)
  • Finite element Modeling (Week 8)
  • Plates/Shells (Week 9)
  • Modal Analysis (Week 10)
Class Schedule:

Meets for 4 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

The MSC Nastran and Patran software system is used for all assignments.

Laboratory Projects:

Several computer projects

Professional Component

Contributes toward the Engineering Topics and/or Design experience for both Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering majors.

Design Content Description

Students form groups and perform analysis to guide the design of their choice usually their senior projects. Students must decide what design issues need to be further investigated using analysis. The students must use the results of the analysis to improve their design. Several oral and written reports are required as is a final comprehensive report. Discussion of modeling methodology, review of related industrial examples, choice of projects and specific guidance on modeling and analysis, proposal, organization of design groups, discussion of project requirements, class project progress presentations. Perform several example problems to develop modeling skills and familiarity with software tools (Patran and Nastran), Perform project modeling and analysis.

Lectures: 40%
Laboratory Portion: 60%
Grading Criteria:
  • Midterm: 20%
  • Final 1: 30%
  • Homework: 20%
  • Computer File Maintenance: 5%
  • Final 2: 25%
  • 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: 2.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 2.0 credit units

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