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Undergraduate Course: Mechanical Design Principles 3 (MECE09018)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryEngineering design is often regarded as the central creative activity of engineering, requiring the skills of analysis and synthesis to develop solutions to open-ended problems. This module consolidates and builds on students' existing design experiences.
Course description Course Syllabus:
Unit 1 - Course Overview
Introduction; The Design Process; The Process model.
Unit 2 - Design Requirements
Identification of Design need; Product Life Cycle; Legislative constraints.
Unit 3 - Design Definition
Exploring the design requirement through the use of "Requirement Trees"; Product Design Specification.
Unit 4 - Creativity
Creative style; Divergent/Convergent Thinking; Brainstorming; Morphological Analysis; Creative Habits.
Unit 5 - Problem Solving
Engineering approximations and assumptions.
Unit 6 - Embodiment and Detail design
Preferred Number Series; Standard sizes; Guidelines for good embodiment design.
Unit 7 - Design of Experiments
Factorial Experiments; Limitations of Factorial DOE.
Unit 8 - Taguchi Methods
Fractional Factorial Experiments; Linear Graphs; Confounding.
Unit 9 - Orthogonal Arrays
Parameter selection; Interpretation of Results.
Unit 10 - Material Properties and Failure
Static Strength; Stiffness; Brittleness; Resilience; Toughness; Creep.
Unit 11 - Stress Concentration
Design for Static Strength.
Unit 12 - Fatigue Failure
Terminology; Measurement; Characteristic Curves; Miner's Rule; S-N Curves.
Unit 13 - Reliability
Reliability in the design specification; Cost of reliability.
Unit 14 - Component Failure
Reliability of an assembly.
Unit 15 - Tools for Exploring Failure of a Design
Fault tress; Failure Modes and Effects Analysis
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 54 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assignments 100%
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe: - The main stages of the design process within the context of commercial product design: from the recognition of 'need' through to production. Including the interaction between company functions such as marketing, production and maintenance etc. - Differences in creative 'styles' and some of the thought processes involved in design, including the notion of convergent-divergent thinking, and how these styles can be exploited through the use of creativity tools such as brainstorming and morphological analysis.
  2. Demonstrate: - An awareness of some of the material properties associated with component failure. - How to select a suitably sized experimental matrix for use in the design of experiments and designate columns for main and combined effects using linear graphs.
  3. Use: - Requirement trees to explore and define the constraints and requirements of a system given a simple design specification. - Simple statistical analysis on the results of full and partial factorial experimental designs and use this data to derive simple predictive models of multi-parameter systems. - Basic probability theory to predict the reliability of design systems where components may be deployed in series or parallel and the effects of redundant systems.
  4. Calculate: - The fatigue life of simple component geometries subject to varying loads.
  5. Interrogate: - Designs for likely causes of failure using both top-down fault tree analysis and bottom-up failure modes and effects analysis.
Reading List
Shigley, "Mechanical Engineering Design", McGraw Hill (1986)
Pugh, "Total Design", Addison-Wesley (1991)
These, and other texts, are available in the University Library.
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Course organiserDr Adam Robinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 8689
Course secretaryMrs Lynn Hughieson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5687
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