Personal tools
You are here: Home Academics Courses ME 641 Design of Machinery

ME 641 Design of Machinery

Catalog Description

ME 641 Design of Machinery (3). Prerequisites: ME 206 and ME 442. Synthesis and analysis of mechanisms and machines. Kinematics fundamentals: position, velocity, and acceleration analysis and synthesis for mechanisms. Cam-follower systems and cam design. Kinetics fundamentals: mass moment of inertia, center of percussion, dynamic models, equivalent systems. Dynamic force analysis. Balancing. Engine dynamics. Design projects are required.

Prerequisites by Topic

  1. Dynamics.
  2. Machine design.


R. L. Norton, Design of Machinery, 3rd edition, McGraw-Hill, 2004.


J.J. Uicker, G.R. Pennock, J.E. Shigley, Theory of Machines and Mechanisms, Oxford University Press, 2rd edition, 2003.


J.P. Wong, Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Course Learning Outcomes

The objective of this course is to give graduate students in Mechanical Engineering an ability to design and analyze systems and components used in machinery.

Topics Covered

  1. Introduction (1 class).
  2. Kinematics fundamentals for mechanisms (3 classes).
  3. Position analysis (3 classes).
  4. Linkage synthesis (2 classes).
  5. Velocity analysis (3 classes).
  6. Acceleration analysis (3 classes).
  7. Cam design (5 classes).
  8. Dynamics fundamentals for machinery (3 classes).
  9. Dynamic force analysis (3 classes).
  10. Balancing (2 classes).
  11. Engine dynamics (5 classes).
  12. Supplementary topics (3 classes).
  13. Projects and discussions (3 classes).
  14. Ethics and current events (1 class).
  15. Examinations (2 classes and 2½ hours).

Laboratory Projects


Class/Laboratory Schedule

Three 50 minute sessions per week devoted to lecture, discussion, and problem solving.

Professional Component Contribution

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

Relationship to Program Outcomes

This course supports Mechanical Engineering 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.
  • 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 J.P. Wong, June 2006

Document Actions
Personal tools