ME3525 - Mechanical Design
|Student Contribution Band:
||College of Science and Engineering
Students will apply the fundamentals of mechanical design and analysis techniques
learnt to date, within the design of real world mechanical systems; specifically,
the design of specific components of the JCU Motorsport Formula SAE vehicle. Emphasis
will be placed on clear design procedure, rigorous design analysis including 'ball
park' hand calculations, finite element analysis including fatigue and failure investigations,
application of Australian and International standards, and complete and concise design
communication in the form of a design report, seminar and manufacturing specifications.
New skills learnt in this subject include techniques for effectively working in a
team setting, and lessons in the use of commercial 3D drawing packages to communicate
design detail. The first section of the course addresses group work and provides a
workshop setting to discuss and work through some of the common challenges with working
productively in team situations. The second workshop component teaches the use of
the 3D drawing package SolidWorks in the design, analysis and communication of mechanical
design. In addition there will be several external industry guest lecturers from engineers
from Rockfield Technologies Australia (RTA) who work extensively in design and analysis
for industry. These lectures will detail good design workflow and industry standard
design report writing skills. A manufacturing consultation is also organized.
- systematically implement engineering design techniques to a real world mechanical
design project, incorporating preliminary and detailed design phases and advanced
engineering analysis (EAC1.3a, EAC1.4a,b, EAC1.6a, EAC2.1a-e, EAC2.2a-g, EAC2.3a,c);
- apply teamwork, management and leadership skills in the solution of a complex and
dynamic design problem and practice formal techniques for productive team interactions
- develop practical experience using commercial engineering solid modelling /drawing
packages to create, analyse, evolve and effectively communicate design specifications,
particularly for manufacture (EAC1.2a, EAC2.2d);
- analyse all specific factors affecting the design task at hand and identify and implement
any and all appropriate standards and rules available, incorporating these as key
elements in design process (EAC1.5b, EAC1.6b, EAC2.1f, EAC2.3b);
- implement effective written and oral communication skills to formally report the design
process, analysis and outcomes achieved (EAC3.2a,b).
- Invigilated > Quizzes or tests - (10%)
- Major design report - (50%)
- Dimension and preliminary design report - (10%)
- Group and SolidWorks workshops sessions are mandatory - (5%)
- Project seminar - (10%)
- Manufacturing schematics/quotes - (15%).
Study Period 2
|Census Date 27-Aug-2020
||Dr Greg Wheatley.
The student workload for this
credit point subject is approximately
- 36 hours - Workshops and SolidWorks Workshops.
- assessment and self-directed study
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