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ME2525 - Machine Element Design

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Students will learn the fundamental theory of mechanical design and will learn to apply this in the design and analysis of a variety of machine elements. Methodical design process is emphasized. The course is split into two parts, the first addressing the process of design and fundamentals of stress, strain, material properties, failure theories, fatigue, and fracture mechanics as they apply to simplistic example components. In the second section, such design theories are applied in the analysis of several key machine features (e.g. notches, holes, keyways, welds) and components (e.g. shafts, bolts, screws and gears).

Learning Outcomes

  • understand the fundamental scientific principles of mechanical design (stress, strain, material properties, failure theories, fatigue phenomena, fracture mechanics) and their importance and use in design analysis (EAC1.1a);
  • develop practical experience with the function, design and analysis of actual machine components including prediction of their life and failure (EAC1.3a, EAC2.2b,c,d);
  • practice systematic approaches to mechanical design and analysis procedures (EAC1.6a, EAC2.1a, EAC2.2e);
  • implement standards in the design of machine components, understand their purpose, and be exposed to examples that highlight how standards are formulated in engineering practice (EAC1.6b, EAC2.1f);
  • produce analysis briefs, design sketches, and assembly and detail drawings that clearly communicate machine element design and analysis (EAC3.2b).
Prerequisites: CS2001


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coord/Lect: Dr Greg Wheatley.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 39 hours lectures
  • 26 hours tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); quizzes or tests (15%); tutorial attendance and participation (15%); workshops: self-learning design projects (10%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.