MIE 413: Design of Assemblies
Professor James R. Rinderle, ELAB 207c, x5-5901
- Office Hours: Immediately following class on Thursdays, Wednesday
between 4:15-5:00 and by appointment. Any variations in office hours will
be announced in class. I read my e-mail frequently. Address e-mail to
- COURSE CONTENT
- In this course we will study the design of mechanical assemblies.
Assemblies consist of a number of parts which interact to achieve the
desired function of the device as a whole. The parts contribute not only
to the primary functions of the device but also to secondary functions
which arise to insure proper interactions among the parts. To design an
assembly, the designer must specify components and detail a configuration
which executes a design concept.
- The specification and detailing of
assemblies requires special attention to the interaction of components
including issues related to relative motion, force transmittal, material
interactions, assembly and power transfer. It also requires attention to
the allocation of function, tolerances and costs to the components which
comprise the assembly. These topics and the characteristics of some
special components employed in assemblies, such as motors, gears and
bearings will be the focus of the course.
- COURSE MEETINGS
The course will meet in Elab 303 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from
3:45 as scheduled. Discussion section meetings will be arranged and
announced during the lecture period. Any schedule adjustments will be
announced in class. If you do miss a class be sure to ask a friend about
class announcements concerning schedules, exams, homework etc. You are
responsible for all class announcements.
I will greatly appreciate it if you will arrive at class meetings on
Reading material for the course will be selected from books used
in the prerequisite courses including:
- Fundamentals of Machine Component Design by Robert C. Juvinall
and Kurt M. Marshek
- Engineering Design and Design for Manufacturing by John R.
Dixon and Corrado
Alternative treatments of the material can be found in other design texts
including ones by Shigley, Spotts and Dieter. Supplemental material will
be distributed in class and will likely include (pending appropriate
permissions) material from:
- Product Design and Development by Karl T. Ulrich and Steven D.
Eppinger The Mechanical Design Process by David G. Ullman
- There will be two examinations during the semester and a final
during the final exam period. Exam dates, times, locations and format will
be announced in class one week in advance of the exam. Make-up exams will
not be given except in the most extreme circumstances because of the
infeasibility of providing a truly fair and comparable make-up exam.
- HOMEWORK AND MINI-PROJECTS
- As with most courses and other endeavors, deep understanding and
mastery will be achieved only with practice. Therefore, homework
exercises will be assigned.
- Although the homework will
constitute only a minor portion of the course grade, experience has shown that
those who do not complete the homework usually do poorly on examinations
- Homework solutions will be made available to you as an educational
supplement. You should review the solutions to familiarize yourself with
alternative approaches and to understand the nature of your own errors.
Although we will emphasize concepts, the practice of engineering requires
that the concepts be applied carefully so that our designs work and so
that our analysis is correct.
- Your efforts in obtaining valid results
will constitute a significant portion of credit on tests and, therefore,
should concern you on homework assignments.
- Homework will not be
accepted late. Homework is offered principally to facilitate learning.
Cooperation among students can be an important mechanism for learning and
is therefore encouraged. For that reason, homework assignments are graded
principally on effort. Nevertheless, submitted work must reflect the
individual efforts of the student.
- Students are allowed and encouraged
to work together on homework assignments, to discuss solution approaches and
methods but final problem solutions must be worked individually. The use
of substantially similar problem solutions from solution manuals or from
class materials used in previous years also violates the sprit and the
letter of the individual effort requirement. In all cases of cooperative
effort and reliance on existing problem solutions, students must state on
the first page of any submitted work, the names of cooperating individuals
and the source of related problem solutions.
- In addition to homework exercises, a number of
mini-projects will be
assigned. Unlike homework exercises, the
mini-projects will require
independent design effort. These projects will be discussed at greater
length in class.
- Each student, as part of a group, will be required to complete a project
involving the design of assemblies. More specific project requirements
will be discussed in class.
- Homework 5%
- MiniProjects 15%
- Project 30%
- In class exams 25%
- Final exam 25%
- COURSE POLICIES
- * All assignments, projects, mini-projects and examinations must be
completed on time. Make-up exams will not be given. Exceptions will be
made only in the most extreme circumstances.
* You should retain all graded work until the course grade is given.
* All provisions of the Department and University policies regarding
academic honesty will be enforced including those provisions which apply
to homework. You are responsible for knowing and adhering to these
policies. University policies can be found in the booklet Undergraduate
Rights and Responsibilities. A copy of The Mechanical Engineering
Department Academic Honesty Policy can be obtained from me or by typing on
the ECS Vax system COPY D$USERS1:[PASCOE]HONPOL. *.*
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