Undergraduate Course: Conceptual Design for Mechanical Engineers 3 (MECE09030)
|School||School of Engineering
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Design is often regarded as the central creative activity of engineering, this course aims to enhance the skills of analysis and synthesis required to develop solutions to open-ended problems. CDM3 aims to teach techniques for the effective evaluation and communication of design ideas. To support this
the students will also acquire a knowledge of materials and manufacturing processes selection along with the most common component / system failure modes.
Unit 1-Course Overview
Introduction; The Design Process; Creative style; Brainstorming.
Unit 2-Concept communication
Effective graphic and verbal communication of design ideas to groups and individuals.
Unit 3-Design Requirements and Design Definition
Exploring the design requirement through the use of tools like the requirement Trees and producing Product Design Specifications.Identification of Design need; Product Life Cycle; Legislative constraints.
Unit 4-Material and process selection
To build the general understanding of the uses and limitations of common engineering materials and which processes can be used to shape them.
Unit 5-Concept calculation, approximations and assumptions
To gain an understanding of the types of calculations and estimations that can be used to select and evaluate design concepts.
Unit 6-Material Properties and Failure
Static Strength; Stiffness; Brittleness; Resilience; Toughness; Creep.
Unit 7-Stress Concentration
Design for Static Strength.
Unit 8-Fatigue Failure
Terminology; Measurement; Characteristic Curves; Miner's Rule; S-N Curves.
Unit 9-Component and system
Failure Reliability of an assembly and the cost of reliability.
Unit 10-Tools for exploring the failure of a Design Fault trees; Failure Modes and Effects Analysis
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Coursework %: 100
Due to the nature of the workshop based group project in Conceptual Design for Mechanical Engineers 3, it is not possible to re-sit any group or workshop based elements of the course during the summer resit period. In addition to this, it may not be possible to fit these elements into the 3rd year timetable. Therefore, the student may have to choose a different optional 3rd Year course to gain the required credits.
General feedback: Given in lecture for Brainstorming practice exercise.
Written and audio feedback given for the introduction, product design specification and three design concepts for the main coursework assignment.
Written feedback for both individual (where possible) and group performance in the group presentations.
Written and audio feedback given for main coursework assignment.
Formative feedback given continually during workshops exercises.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Propose engineering designs to open ended problems that are feasible, in terms engineering mechanics, economics, and other competing requirements of the design. Then Communicate design solutions and the rationale behind them with sketches, detailed drawings, technical reports and presentations;
- Understand complex technical problems and translate them into a concise product design specification.
- Put forward reasoned arguments for how self or group generate conceptual designs address the product design specification, whilst appreciating the uncertainties and gaps in design data;
- Select appropriate design equations, materials and manufacturing processes for a given engineering problem;
- Understand how groups of engineers can work together to solve complex problems.
|Shigley, "Mechanical Engineering Design", McGraw Hill (2015)|
Pugh, "Total Design", Addison-Wesley (1991)
O'connor, "Practical Reliability Engineering", Wiley (2012)
Kalpaljian, - Manufacturing Engineering and Technology", Pearson (2014)
Ashby, "Materials: Engineering, Science, Processing and Design"
These, and other texts, are available in the University Library.
Materials Selection on Mechanical Design, Michael F. Ashby (Forth Edition)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Conceptual engineering design,Open-ended design,iteration,design calculations,component / syste
|Course organiser||Dr Adam Robinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 8689
|Course secretary||Mrs Michelle Burgos Almada