Northwestern Mechanical Engineering

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Northwestern
Mechanical Engineering


Source:
http://www.mech.northwestern.edu/web/courses/index.php


http://www.mech.northwestern.edu/web/undergrad/curriculum.php


Note: 100, 200, and 300 level courses are nominally undergraduate; 400 and 500 level are
nominally graduate. However it is common for undergraduates to take some 400 level
classes, or f
or graduate students to take some 300 level classes.


List of Courses:


100 / 200 Level


GEN ENG 106
-
1,2 Engineering Design and Communication

GEN ENG 205
-
3 Engineering Analysis 3
-

System Dynamics

ME 202 Mechanics II

ME 220 Thermodynamics I

ME 224 Experime
ntal Engineering I

ME 240 Introduction to Mechanical Design and Manufacturing

ME 241 Fluid Mechanics I

ME 262 Stress Analysis and Finite Elements I


300 level


ME 314 Theory of Machines
-

Dynamics

ME 315 Theory of Machines
-

Design of Elements

ME 316 Mecha
nical Systems Design

ME 317/318 Molecular Modeling and the Interface to Micromechanics

ME 319 Applications of Surface Science to Nanomechanics and Nanotribology

ME 325 Kinetic Theory and Statistical Thermodynamics

ME 333 Introduction to Mechatronics

ME 340
-
1, 340
-
2, 340
-
3 Computer
-
Integrated Manufacturing 1, 2, 3

ME 346 Introduction to Tribology

ME 359 Reliability Engineering

ME 362 Stress Analysis

ME 363 Mechanical Vibrations

ME 365 Finite Elements for Stress Analysis

ME 366 Finite Elements for Design and
Optimization

ME 370 Thermodynamics II

ME 373 Engineering Fluid Mechanics

ME 377 Heat Transfer

ME 381 Introduction to Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)

ME 382 Micro/Nano Science and Engineering

ME 385 Nanotechnology

ME 389 Molecular Machines in Biology

ME 390 Introduction to Dynamic Systems

ME 391 Fundamentals of Control Systems

ME 395 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering

ME 398 Engineering Design

ME 399 Projects


400 level


CE 414
-
1, CE 414
-
2 Mechanics of composite Materials

CE 415 Elasticity

ME 416

Nondestructive Evaluation

ME 420 Micro
-

and Nanoscale Fluid Dynamics

ME 421 Design and Analysis of Microfluidic Systems

ME 422 Molecular Scale Fluid Dynamics

ME 423 Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics

ME 424 Advanced Topics in Computational Fluid

Dynamics

ME 425 Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics

ME 426
-
1 Computational Mechanics I

ME 426
-
2 Computational Mechanics II

ME 427 Viscous Fluid Dynamics

ME 428 Compressible and Inviscid Fluid Dynamics

ME 429 Turbulent Flows

ME 432 Optimization Methods in Scien
ce and Engineering

ME 433 Advanced Mechatronics

ME 434 Random Data and Spectral Analysis

ME 438
-
1,2,3 Interdisciplinary Nonlinear Dynamics

ME 439 Computer Control in Manufacturing

ME 442 Metal Forming

ME 443 Metal Cutting

ME 446 Advanced Tribology

ME 448 F
lexible Automation and Robotics

ME 449 Robotic Manipulation

ME 450 Geometry in Robotics

ME 451 Micromachining

ME 453 Micro Systems Design

ME 456 Mechanics of Advanced Materials

ME 465 Wave Propagation in Elastic Solids

ME 466 Inelastic Constitutive Relatio
ns for Solids>

ME 478 Combustion

ME 489 Selected Topics in Cellular
-
Level Transport>

ME 495 Selected Topics in Mechanical Engineering

MMM 497 Design For Manufacture

ME 499 Projects


500 Level

ME 512 Seminar

ME 513 Teaching Practicum (no credit)

ME 590 Rese
arch

Current Graduation requirements:


Total requirement
-

48 courses

MATHEMATICS
-

4 courses




Math 214
-
1,2,3 Calculus



Math 215 Multiple Integration and Vector Calculus

ENGINEERING ANALYSIS AND COMPUTER PROFICIENCY
-

4 courses



Gen Eng 205
-
1,2,3,4 Engineer
ing Analysis

BASIC SCIENCES
-

4 courses



Phys 135
-
2,3 General Physics



Chemistry through Chem 102 General Inorganic Chemistry or Chem 171
Accelerated General Inorganic Chemistry

DESIGN AND COMMUNICATIONS
-

3 courses



Gen Eng 106
-
1,2 Engineering Design and Com
munication



One speaking course from approved list

BASIC ENGINEERING
-

5 courses




MECH ENG 220 Thermodynamics



MECH ENG 241 Fluid Mechanics I



CIV ENG 216 Mechanics of Materials or MECH ENG 262 Stress Analysis and
Finite Elements I



Mat Sci 201 Pinciples of th
e Properties of Materials



ECE 270 Applications of Electronic Devices

(Students planning to take advanced ECE courses as electives may substitute ECE
221 Fundamentals of Circuits)

SOCIAL SCIENCES/HUMANITIES THEME REQUIREMENT
-

7 courses

UNRESTRICTED ELECTIV
ES
-

5 courses

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENTAL PROGRAM
-

16 courses

The Mechanical Engineering Faculty has revised the Mechanical Engineering Curriculum
(12/5/2001). Beginning fall 2001 a signed Mechanical Engineering Option will not be
required. All s
tudents will be required to take 340
-
1 as a major course and 5 technical
electives which will contain 2
-
300 level mechanical engineering courses, 1
-
200 or 300
level technical elective (any engineering, science or math course) and 2
-
300 level
technical elec
tives (any engineering, science or math course). A maximum of two 399's
are allowed. Students will be encouraged to concentrate electives in an area of interest.
All mechanical engineering students already in the program who have not filed a signed
option
form or are not following the form on file will be required to meet these new
requirements with no signed option. Here is the curriculum that will be required.



Required courses
-

11 courses as follows:

o

Seven core courses



Mech_Eng 202 Mechanics II



Mech_En
g 224 Experimental I



Mech_Eng 240 Int. Mechanical Design & Manufacturing



Mech_Eng 315 Theory of Machines
-

Design of Elements



Mech_Eng 340
-
1 Computer Integrated Manufacturing



Mech_Eng 377 Heat Transfer



Mech_Eng 390 Int. Dynamic Systems

o

One course from



Mec
h_Eng 314 Theory of Machines
-

Dynamics



Mech_Eng 363 Mechanical Vibrations



Mech_Eng 391 Fundamentals of Control Systems I

o

One course from



Mech_Eng 362 Stress Analysis



Mech_Eng 365 Finite Elements for Stress Analysis



Civ_Eng 327 Finite Element Methods in M
echanics

o

One course from



Mech_Eng 370 Thermodynamics II



Mech_Eng 373 Engineering Fluid Mechanics

o

One design course from



Mech_Eng 340
-
2 Computer Integrated Manufacturing



Mech_Eng 366 Finite Elements for Design & Optimization



Mech_Eng 398 Engineering Desi
gn



Electives
-

5 courses as follows (a maximum of two 399's are allowed)

o

Two 300
-
level mechanical engineering courses

o

One 200
-

or 300
-
level technical elective

o

Two 300
-
level technical electives

A technical elective would be a course in engineering, scienc
e or mathematics. Students
are encouraged to concentrate electives in an area of interest. Suggested courses in the
following areas may be obtained from the department office: biomedical engineering,
fluid dynamics, intelligent mechanical systems, manufact
uring, solid mechanics,
nanotechnology/ micro
-
electromechanical systems, and design.

Description
of
General Engineering 106
-
1,2 Engineering Design and
Communication

(EDC)
:

Catalog description
:

Integrated introduction to the engineering design process and

technical communication.
Approaches to unstructured and poorly defined problems; conceptual and detailed design;
team structure and teamwork; project planning; written, oral, graphical and interpersonal
communications; use of software tools; discussion on

societal and business issues.

Who takes it
:

EDC introduces students to a vital part of an engineering career
-

working and
communicating with real people. Students who would like to participate in development
of real projects, working with real clients an
d finding creative solutions for real problems
should take this course.

What is EDC?


Engineering Design and Communication (EDC) is a two
-
quarter sequence of courses for
first
-
year engineering students in Northwestern University's McCormick School of
Engin
eering and Applied Science. Students work in teams to solve real problems for real
clients, designing solutions that range from websites to wheelchairs.

EDC is designed to help you do the following:




Understand the creative process used by professional en
gineers to solve complex
problems.



Acquire basic skills for managing design and communication effectively,
including oral, written, interpersonal, and graphical communication.



Gain experience in collaboration and teamwork.

If you participate fully in th
e class, you will have a strong foundation for succeeding in
engineering because design and communication lie at the heart of any engineering career.
You can expect to become a more critical and creative thinker, a better reader, a more
capable and effecti
ve team member, and a more flexible, confident, and effective
communicator. EDC will be a new and challenging experience for you.

More background information

regarding EDC
:

Engineering Design and Communication, or EDC, was launched as a pilot program in
1996, and has grown to become a required course for all engineering students at
Northwestern. Part of
Engineering First
, the course is designed and taught by faculty
fr
om both the engineering school and the university's Writing Program.

In EDC, students work in small teams to tackle real
-
world design problems brought to
them by individuals, not
-
for
-
profit organizations, entrepreneurs and industry. Students
learn about t
he design process, about written, spoken, and graphical communication, and
about teamwork and collaboration.

EDC is a two
-
quarter, two
-
credit sequence, and is designed to:



Introduce freshmen to a user
-
centered design process and provide them with tools
f
or the creative solving of complex, open
-
ended problems



Provide students with design tools that will help them explore the design space,
gather information, generate alternatives, develop design specifications, make
decisions, and argue for their ideas



Hel
p students see that writing, speaking, graphical, and interpersonal
communciation are an integral part of design and are crucial to the intellectual life
and practice of successful engineers



Improve students' skill in all these areas of communication



Nurtu
re undergraduate students' enthusiasm for engineering



Initiate a culture of design at Northwestern, drawing on the design expertise of the
current engineering faculty in ways that break the traditional model of
undergraduate education.

F
ull Outline:


http://www.segal.northwestern.edu/undergraduate/edc/02/syllabus/sq_syllabus.html

(bad
link).

http://www.segal.northwestern.edu/undergraduate/edc/students/

(requires
user ID and
password)

Description of ME 240 Introduction to Mechanical Design and Manufacturing

Catalog description:

strategies and methods of designing, manufacturing, and
testing of mechanical products.
Engineering drawing and CAD, design methods, material properties, failure modes,
selection methodology, fundamental GD&T, and selected manufacturing processes.

Prerequisite: MAT SCI 201 and concurrent registration in ME 262

or CIV ENG 216.

Who takes it:

ME 240 is a required course for Mechanical Engineering students. This course is the first
course of 3
-
course series “ME 340: Computer Integrated Manufacturing” and ME 315
“Theory of machines


design of elements”.

What it'
s about:

For many students, this course is one of their first professional engineering courses. As
distinguished from background courses in science and mathematics, professional
engineering is concerned with obtaining solutions to practical problems.

Lect
ures:



Design process



Engineering drawing



Tolerances Limits and fits



GD&T



Material types and properties



Material selection



Design for X (Strength, Rigidity)



Competing failure modes



Manufacturing processes

Labs:


Weekly three
-
hour lab exercises. La
b sections will be assigned by the end of first week.
The final project will be a design competition. Prize will be given to the top group, which
yields the highest performance index in testing their prototypes.

740 ME240

Class Schedule

Spring Quarter 200
2
:

Date

Prof.*

Lecture Subject

Assigned Reading

Homework/Lab

T:


4/02


WEEK#1

E

Course Overview

p.2


瀮㈲

et⌱

W:


4/03



E

Design Process







F:


4/05

E

Design Process






















M:


4/08


WEEK#2

E

CAD


Solids

p.23



p. 53

HW#2, Lab #1

W:


4/10

E

Projections




Intro to UG

F:


4/12

E

Eng. Drawing






















M:


4/15


WEEK#3

E

Tolerances

p.54


p.87

HW#3, Lab #2

W:


4/17

E

Limits & Fits




UG
-

Primitives

F:


4/19

E

GD&T






















M:


4/22


WEEK#4

E

GD&T




HW#4, Lab #3

W:


4/24

E

Case Study




UG
-

Primitives

F:


4/26




Quiz #1 (W1
-
W3)






















M:


4/29


WEEK#5

C

Material Properties

p. 88
-

103

HW#5 Lab #4

W:


5/01

C

Material Types




UG
-

Assemblies

F:


5/03

C

Material Selection

p. 104
-

149



















M:


5/06


WEEK#6

C

Material Selection




HW#6,


Lab #5

W:


5/08

C

Design for Strength

p.150


p.167

Shop training &

F:


5/10

C

Design for Rigidit y




Prototype Design
















M:


5/13


WEEK#7

C

Case Study




HW#7, Lab #6

W:


5/15




Quiz #2 (W4
-
W6)




Material Selection &

F:


5/17

C

Competing Failure
Modes

Handouts

Prototype Design
















M:


5/20


WEEK#8

C

Competing Failure
Modes




HW#8, Lab #7

W:


5/
22




Case Study




Prototype Build &
Test #1

F:


5/24




No class






















M:


5/27


WEEK#9




Mem. Day Holiday




HW#9, Lab #8

W:


5/29

C

Mfg. Processes

Handouts

Prototype Build &
Test #2

F:


5/31

C

Course Review






















M:


6/03


WEEK#10




Project
Presentation: I

Class time may be
rescheduled.

Post Competition

W:


6/05




Project
Presentation:II

Analysis due 6/07

F:


6/07




Quiz #3 (W7
-
W9)







Source:
http://www.mech.nort hwestern.edu/web/courses/i nfo/ME240/syl labus.php



Description of
Mechanical Engineering 315, Theory of Machines
-
Design of
Elements


Catalog description
:

Factors influencing the proportioning of machine elements
-

Stresses, deformations, and
failure criteria as applied to shafts, springs, belts, bearings, gears.

Prerequisite: ME 240 and CIV ENG 216.

Who takes it
:

Design of Elements is a required course for Mechanical Engineering students. This
course is an introduction to the basic principles of modern engineering. It provides the
students with fundamental skills of engineering, and the ability to apply the theor
ies of
science to practice.

What it's about
:


The course focuses on the fundamentals and principles of basic mechanical elements,
failure theories and design criteria, and structures of basic mechanical systems. The goal
of the course is to learn how to de
sign simple mechanical elements and systems.

It includes:



Understanding the principle of each element.



Analyzing elements mechanically by applying the theories from statics, dynamics,
mechanics of materials, and fluid mechanics with deterministic or stat
istic
approaches.



Learning how to design basic elements and simple systems.



Designing elements and systems by means of CAD.

Lectures:



Getting Ready for Design of Elements



Failure theories



Variable loading and fatigue criteria



Introduction to shafts



Transmission elements



Rolling element bearings



Fluid
-
film bearings



Connecting elements



Other elements and review

Labs:

One lab each week on CAD of components and assembles

Textbook:

Design of Mechanical Elements (with electronic instruction)
, by Jan
e Wang, 2002

Lectures:

Chapter 1:

Getting Ready for Design of Elements

Chapter 2:

Failure theories



Why do we need failure theories



Summary of failure theories



Applications of failure theories

Chapter 3:

Variable loading and fatigue criteria



Variabl
e loading ∙ Fatigue criteria

Chapter 4:

Introduction to shafts



Typical shaft systems



Shaft design and analysis

Chapter 5:

Transmission elements



Classification of transmission elements



Gears and gear trains



Theory of gearing



Gear structures



Gear fail
ure and gear materials



Gear forces and stresses



Gear design principles

Chapter 6:

Rolling element bearings



Bearing classification and bearing structures



Ball bearing life and selection



Tapered roller bearing life and selection



Bearing support design



Bearing comparison

Chapter 7:

Fluid
-
film bearings



Introduction to sliding bearings



Bearing comparison

Chapter 8:

Connecting elements



Introduction to thread and fasteners



Bolt and member stiffness



Tensile connections



Dynamic loading



Design of bolted

connections

Chapter 9:

Other elements and review



Other elements



Course summary

Course map:



Source:
http://www.mech.northwestern.edu/web/courses/info/ME315/syllabus.php


http://www.mech.northwestern.edu/web/co
urses/info/ME315/index.php



Description of
Mechanical Engineering 316, Mechanical Systems Design


Catalog description:

This course builds on ME 240 and ME 315. If you haven't taken ME315, visit with Prof.
Stoll or Prof. Ehmann to see if this course is r
ight for you.

Who takes it:

Mechanical engineers, Biomedical engineers, all students interested in manufacturing and
design.

What it's about:

This course will focus on the design of mechanical systems with an emphasis on
mechanism and precision machine de
sign. Topics include mechanical system design
process, mechanism synthesis to accomplish specified tasks involving force and motion,
underlying principles of good design, engineering considerations of efficient design,
principles of accuracy, repeatability
, and resolution, and methods and techniques of
precision machine design. The course involves lectures, case studies, in
-
class design
exercises, and team
-
based design projects.

Course Outline by weeks:


1.

Mechanical Systems Design Process

2.

Introduction to M
echanisms and the Mechanism Synthesis

Process

3.

Cam Mechanisms and Mechanism Trains (e.g., planetary gear trains,
intermittent motion mechanisms, etc.)

4.

Kinematic Synthesis of Linkages

5.

Design Principles



Engineering Concepts of Efficient Design

6.

Case Stud
ies

In
-
depth discussion of 1 to 3 case studies illustrating application of design
principles and efficient design concepts.

Example case studies:




design of an air
-
actuated disk brake for heavy truck applications



design of automotive seat head restraint
mechanism for rear impact



design of a surgical abrading instrument.

7.

Principles of Accuracy, Repeatability, and Resolution

8.

Precision Mechanical Design



Exact Constraint Design

9.

Precision Machine Design Principles and Rules of Thumb

10.

Precision Machine Des
ign Case Studies

Laboratory:


Three hours per week. The purpose of the lab is to train students in ADAMS Mechanical
System Simulation Software and to provide time for team project work. Team project
results will be presented in the lab. The lab will be he
ld in the ME CAD/CAE room.

Source:
http://www.mech.northwestern.edu/web/courses/info/ME316/index.php



Description of
Mechanical Engineering 340
-
1, Computer
-
Integrated Manu
facturing


Catalog description
:


Use of computers to improve productivity and reduce cost in manufacture of discrete
parts and assemblies. Manufacturing processes: Analysis and evaluation of processes
usage of the contemporary manufacturing environment.

P
rerequisite: 240 or consent of instructor.


Who takes it
:


ME 340
-
1 is taken by Mechanical Engineers, Manufacturing Engineers, and Industrial
Engineers.


What it's about
:


This course is an introduction to the processes used in the contemporary manufactur
ing
environment including casting, powder metal processing, polymer processing, machining,
joining, metal forming, layered manufacturing and electronic materials processing.
Process specific component design, materials selection and specification, capital
equipment and tooling requirements will be covered.


Minisyllabus:




Introduction



Properties of Materials



Phase Diagram



Casting



Machining



Layered Manufacturing



Metal Forming



Fastening Processes



Laser Beam Processes



Plastic Processing



Integrated C
ircuits



Electronic Assemblies



Manufacturing Engineering.



Course Summary



Final Exam

Textbook:


Manufacturing, Engineering & Technology, 5/E

Authors: Serope Kalpakjian, Steven Schmid

Additional:

Introduction to Manufacturing Processes
, by J. A. Schey, Mc
Graw Hill, 1987


Course website:

http://www.mech.northwestern.edu/courses/c401/

Description of
Mechanical Engineering 340
-
2
, Computer
-
Integrated Manufacturing



Catalog description
:


Geometric modeling, dimensioning systems, tolerances, design for manuf
acture,
programming of machine tools. Team problem solving in a design and manufacturing
technology environment.

Prerequisite: ME 340
-
1 or consent of instructor.


Who takes it
:


Any student who is interested in solid modeling and wants to have some pract
ical
experiences in the “from art to part” process should take this course. ME 340
-
2 is usually
taken by juniors to graduate students majoring in Mechanical Engineering,
Manufacturing, and Industrial Engineering.


What it's about
:


It offers both the fund
amental knowledge for being a successful engineer or manager in
manufacturing, and practical skills. It includes GD&T, statistical tolerances, and
metrology tools. The practical side of this course includes: Design of a plastic part within
the specified do
main, creating a solid model of the part, design of the injection molding
tool, creating a solid model of the tooling, creating a cutting path, downloading the
cutting path to a CNC machine, machining, injection molding the part, and finally
measuring the
part geometry and comparing to the original design.

Sample past examples are: the relaxing palm beach with attractive fish, the vexing maze,
the scary vampire teeth, the daily
-
used items (trash
-
can, scissors and key
-
chain) and the
mini
-
models of transport
ation tools (unicycle, car and helicopter).


Textbook:


1.

Course Packet



available at Quartet Copies, 818 Clark Street, Evanston,
IL 60201, Tel: 847
-
328
-
0720, Fax: 847
-
328
-
0742.

2.

“Principles of CAD/CAM/CAE Systems”
, by Kunwoo Lee, published by
Addison
-
Wesle
y
.




Course website and detailed syllabus:



http://www.mech.northwestern.edu/web/courses/info/ME340
-
1/syllabus.htm#web



http://www.mech.northwestern.edu/web/courses/info/ME340
-
2/syllabus.php



Description of
Mechanical Engineering 340
-
3
, Computer
-
Integrated Manufacturing



Catalog description
:


Use of computers to improve prod
uctivity and reduce cost in manufacture of discrete
parts and assemblies. Manufacturing automation: sensors,actuators, and computers for
automation; principles of computer control; programmable logic controllers; robotic
devices; assembly automation.

Prere
quisites: ME 340
-
2 or consent of instructor.


Who takes it
:


The course is aimed at advanced undergraduate and first year graduate students who are
interested in the most frequently used technologies and methods for automating
manufacturing and assembly op
erations. ME, MfE, IE and EE students have generally
taken this course.


What it's about
:


The course offers a blend of practical skills and a basic understanding necessary for an
engineer to be able to address an array of automation tasks such as process/
machine
monitoring, execution of controlled motions, programming and integration of sequential
controllers and robotic devices into complex systems, etc. The course is structured around
weekly lectures that introduce the theoretical basis and extensive wee
kly laboratory
exercises in which students, in a hands
-
on environment, learn the pragmatic
implementation skills.

Upon completion of ME 340
-
3 students should be able to:



Select and implement digital/analog sensors and actuators for different assembly
and
manufacturing tasks in conjunction with real
-
time control computers.



Develop program code for real
-
time control/monitoring applications.



Design and implement simple stepping
-

or DC
-
motor based motion control
systems.



Analyze and program articulated rob
otic devices.



Use computer vision systems.



Design, program, and implement sequential logic control tasks using PLCs.



Perform system integration to solve complex assembly tasks.


Minisyllabus:




Computers for automation
-

Interfacing to external devices



Sensors and actuators
-

Analog and digital devices



Motion Control
-

Introduction to computer control



Sequential Control
-

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)



Robot programming



Fundamentals of machine vision



Automated assembly

Lectures:


The cours
e meets two days per week for 90
-
minute lectures.


Laboratory Exercises:


Nine two
-

to three
-
hour laboratory exercises will be conducted, generally in small groups
requiring everybody's participation to complete the assignments. The exercises are
execute
d on state
-
of
-
the
-
art industrial grade equipment in the Manufacturing Processes
Laboratory.


Labs:



1.

Binary Devices and I/O

2.

Analog Devices and I/O

3.

Motion Control

4.

Manufacturing System Simulation

5.

Robot Programming

6.

Computer Vision

7.

PLC Programming

8.

Automated
Assembly


Textbook:


Handouts.

Reference Material:

Systems Approach to Computer Integrated Design and
Manufacturing
, N. Singh, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 1996.


Course website:

Not available


Description of
Mechanical Engineering 366, Finite Elements of
Design and
Optimization


Catalog description:

Numerical methods for interaction and optimal CAD. Fully stressed design; design
sensitivity analysis and descent methods; optimality criteria to automated design.

Prerequisites: senior standing and ME 365 or c
onsent of instructor.

Who takes it:

Advanced students who did not take ME 365 can take this course with consent of
instructor.

What it's about:

As structures and mechanisms grow more complex, so do the demands put on material
from which they are built. Wit
hout thorough understanding of the stress imposed on the
structure, and exact computation, these structures would never be possible. This course
will provide a deeper understanding of finete
-
element method for stress analysis, and
computer implementation f
or optimal

Source:
http://www.mech.northwestern.edu/web/courses/info/ME366/index.php



Description of Mechanical Engineering 398, Engineering Design

Catalog description:

Pr
oduct or system design projects carried out by small student groups. Project definition,
conceptual and detailed design, evaluation, and documentation.

Prerequisite: Senior standing.

Who takes it:


Nobel Prize winner Herbert Simon says "Science is the stud
y of what is. Engineering is
the creation of what is to be." The essence of engineering is design. Most engineers work
on some sort of product development, whether it be creating new products or making
better products, all based on a fairly well
-
defined de
sign process. In ME 398, student
teams create a new product for an outside client using this design process.
Undergraduates take this course in their fourth year, after having mastered many of the
engineering tools that they will use in their careers. Mech
anical Engineering students are
required to take either this course or ME 340
-
2 to fulfill their design requirement. Two
former students in this course went on to win the iF Product Design Award in an
international design competition based in Germany for t
heir design of the Swingline
Worx Mini Stapler in 2000.

What it's about:

ME 398 provides an experience in the creative aspects of design from project definition
to ideation to functional prototypes.

Lectures:


The course meets two days per week for 2
-
hou
r lectures. Topics include:



The total design model



Customer
-
focused innovation



The design process

o

Product goal

o

Product design specification

o

Project planning

o

Conceptual design

o

Optimizing a design

o

Prototyping

o

Detail design



Tools for design

o

Design c
omplexity

o

Design for manufacture and assembly

o

Design review

o

Re
-
design

o

Reverse engineering

o

Safety

o

Standards and codes



Quality

o

Eight dimensions of quality

o

Quality function deployment



Managing quality

o

Tolerance stack
-
up

o

Statistical process control


o

Taguchi methods

o

Reliability

o

Failure mode and effect analysis

o

Other quality management techniques



Design and business skills

o

Estimating part costs

o

Financial statements

o

Economic decision making

o

Patents

Labs:



Machine shop training: all students are
required to complete a 6
-
hour machine
shop training course, if they have not previously done so



Mock
-
up prototype: each team prepares a mockup of their design early in the
design process



CAD: each team prepares CAD drawings of their design using SolidWor
ks,
Pro/Engineer, or UniGraphics



Functional prototype: each team builds a fully functioning prototype of their
design

Textbooks:




The Mechanical Design Process by David Ullman
, McGraw
-
Hill 2003



ME 398 Lecture Notes

by Richard M. Lueptow 2003

Advanced S
tudy:

Students interested in pursuing further study in product design development should
consider the
Master of Product Development
program at Northwestern University. This
program for working professionals requires at least 3 years of work experience.


S
ource:

http://www.mech.northwestern.edu/web/courses/info/ME398/index.php




Description of ME 421 Design and Analysis of Microfluidic Systems
: N
OT
AVAILABLE ONLINE

Descript
ion of
Mechanical Engineering 453, Micro Systems Design


Catalog description:

Theory and tools for analyzing and designing microsystems used in
MEMS/Nanotechnology. Includes device physics and analysis, design techniques, and
computer
-
aided design tools fo
r micro systems technology.

Prerequisite: None.

Who takes it:

Advanced graduate students interested in learning micro systems design usually take this
course.

What it's about:

MEMS is an exiting new field of engineering. Its rapid development over the last

few
years, has brought many new techniques in design, and building of MEMS and Nano
devises. This course covers basic principles and tools of MEMS and Nano design,
physical and mathematical approaches, and a computer aided design approach.

Source:
http://www.mech.northwestern.edu/web/courses/info/ME453/



Description of
Masters of Manufacturing Management 497, Design For
Manufacture


Who takes it:

This course is essential for anyone

who plans to work in a manufacturing industry where
parts are made and assembled. This course is usually taken by graduate MMM students
and mechanical Engineering students.

What it's about:

Design for manufacture (DFM) is recognized as the key to industri
al efficiency…to
minimizing manufacturing costs…to assuring product quality…and generating the
increases in productivity promised by advanced manufacturing technology. This five
-
week course presents underlying principles, best practices, design guidelines,

and
management techniques for improving assembly and manufactureability of mechanical
products. Topics include product simplification approaches, modularization (chunking)
strategies, design for assembly, design for manufacturing processes such as plastic

injection molding, analysis of tolerances, and standardization of components and
features. Depending on class interest, other structured design methods such as FMEA,
value engineering, and robust design are also covered. "Hands
-
on" exercises are
employed
throughout the course to help ensure mastery of proven methods such as the
Boothroyd/Dewhurst Design for Assembly method. This course is an excellent way to
bring yourself up to speed in DFM. A solid working knowledge of DFM is essential for
anyone who pla
ns to work in a manufacturing industry where parts are made and
assembled.

Source:
http://www.mech.northwestern.edu/web/courses/info/MMM497/index.php