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ME 530 Advanced Mechanical Design

Catalog Description

ME 530 Advanced Mechanical Design (3). Prerequisite: Graduate Professional or Graduate School standing and permission of Graduate Advisor. Application of classical, computational, and experimental methods and analyses to the design of mechanical systems. Topics include component design and analysis, failure analysis, and optimization, with emphasis on computer applications.

Prerequisites by Topic

Graduate standing and permission of graduate advisor.


Instructor’s notes.


D.R. Mack, Engineering Analysis, General Electric Co., 1980.
E.A. Avallone and T. Baumeister III, Marks' Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers, McGraw Hill, 1996.
D.G. Fink and H.W. Beaty, Standard Handbook for Electrical Engineers, McGraw Hill, 1993.
W.C. Young, Roark's Formulas for Stress & Strain, McGraw Hill.


E.G. Brehob, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Course Learning Outcomes

This course is designed to provide graduate students with the ability to identify and solve practical design engineering problems. It draws upon specialized engineering knowledge and skills from a number of fields. It also stresses competence in writing technical reports, and oral communication of analysis and design results.

Topics Covered

  1. Classical stress analysis (4 hours)
  2. Failure analysis (4 hours)
  3. Experimental stress analysis (4 hours lecture and 4 hours laboratory)
  4. Advanced mechanics of materials (4 hours)
  5. Vibrations (4 hours)
  6. Nonlinear dynamics (4 hours)
  7. Advanced component design (8 hours)
  8. Solid modeling (4 hours lecture and 12 hours laboratory)
  9. Finite element theory (4 hours)
  10. Finite element structural modeling (4 hours lecture and 8 hours laboratory)
  11. Optimal design (4 hours)

Laboratory Projects

Students utilize software packages to model and analyze mechanical components.

Class/Laboratory Schedule

2 hours twice per week for 14 weeks for a total of 56 hours lecture/discussion and 24 hours laboratory activity.


Course grades are based upon students’ cumulative scores on design assignments, laboratory, and technical reports that detail their solutions to case studies corresponding to the topical areas listed above. Each topic is weighted evenly and accounts for 75% of the overall course grade. Participation and attendance are required for all classes and is 25% of the overall course grade.

Curriculum Criterion Contribution

Engineering science: 2 credits, engineering design: 1 credit.

Relationship to Program Outcomes

This course supports Mechanical Engineering Department B.Sc. program objectives by developing:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to identify, formulate and solve problems in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern tools necessary for the practice of mechanical engineering.

Prepared by E.G. Brehob, June 2009

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