ME 360 - Mechanical Design

Course Description

Specification of components such as shafts, bearings, and power transformers; optimal designs for operational, environmental, and manufacturing requirements.

M E 360 - Mechanical Design (3): This course is required for all mechanical engineering students, and is taken in the junior year. It is an introduction to analysis and design of mechanical components. It helps provide practical insight into theory provided by prerequisites in engineering mechanics and materials science. Students initially perform yielding and fatigue failure predictions for general structural elements and then focus on specific mechanical components such as gears, fluid film bearing, rolling element bearings, screws, shafts and springs. Use and interpretation of finite element analyses (FEA) are also introduced. The overall goals are for students to learn to make basic design decisions regarding the suitability of different materials in mechanical components (e.g. steel versus aluminum); and to make basic design decisions regarding the suitability of different components in a mechanical system (e.g. ball bearings versus fluid film bearings).

Course Prerequisites

  • Prerequisite or Concurrent: CMPSC 200 and E MCH 315

Additional Information

Sommer, Henry



Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering



Phone: 814-863-8997

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