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Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Capstone Design

ME 46200 / 3 Cr. (3 Class)

Concurrent engineering design concept is introduced and practiced.  Application of the design is emphasized.  Design problems from all areas of mechanical engineering are considered. Note: This course has required team meetings that may have meeting times outside the regularly scheduled class time.

Textbooks

David G. Ullman, The Mechanical Design Process, 6th Edition, McGraw-Hill.

Goals

To teach the process of design to generate better quality designs in less time, the organization within a company, how to be more creative in solving design problems, and how to design as part of a group activity.

Outcomes
  • Apply the design process to fulfill customer’s needs. 
  • Identify and formulate design tasks and their objectives. 
  • Establish a project schedule and work plan, and aware of project management techniques.
  • Develop design specifications by completion of a house of quality. 
  • Generate design ideas based on functional decomposition. 
  • Evaluate the ideas based on customer requirements.
  • Creatively generate product designs. 
  • Complete the design including considerations for cost, safety, environmental, and societal impacts. 
  • Validate the final design through simulation and/or working prototype. 
  • Utilize computer-aided design tools for engineering design, analysis and manufacturing. 
  • Develop a physical prototype of the final design using appropriate manufacturing tools 
  • Give technical presentations and communicate accurately and effectively through weekly progress report, project proposal, organized final design report, and oral presentation.
  • Document the design activities and outcomes through product development file, drawings, meeting minutes, and personal design notebook. 
  • Conduct Library/Internet search of patents and literature 
  • Work effectively as (multidisciplinary) team player and demonstrate his/her participation through a personal design notebook.
  • Show awareness of lifelong learning and ethical aspects 
  • Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context through broad education. 
Topics
  1. Presentation of projects, team forming, projects assignment
  2. Design process and its planning
  3. Project specification development
  4. Concept generation
  5. Concept evaluation
  6. Product generation
  7. Product evaluation
  8. Robust design
  9. Finalizing product design
Computer Usage
Matlab, Pro/Engineer, Pro/Mechanica, Microsoft Projects, ANSYS, etc.