MECHENG 450 - Design and Manufacturing III
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Mechanical Engineering (MECHENG)
Department: CoE Mechanical Engineering
Credits:
4 (Non-LSA credit).
Requirements & Distribution:
BS
Enforced Prerequisites:
MECHENG 350 and 360, and MECHENG 395 or AEROSP 305; each completed with a minimum grade of C- or better.
BS:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Instructor:
Instructor:
Instructor:
Instructor:

The educational goal of MECHENG 450 is to teach students how to approach open-ended design challenges by process, how to manage and work in collaborative teams, and how to synthesize and apply diverse engineering knowledge to the design and manufacturing of real mechanical systems.

Course Objectives

The educational goal of this course is to give each student an understanding of design principles and to teach him/her how to integrate and apply engineering knowledge obtained at U of M toward the design and manufacturing of mechanical systems. Accomplishment of this goal will be measured through the successful completion of an open-ended design project with appropriate checkpoints and corresponding reporting deliverables. At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  1. Solve an open-ended mechanical engineering design problem including the broader considerations of performance, cost, safety, and societal impact. The problem must provide opportunities for creative mechanical design, fundamental analysis, and proof-of-concept prototyping. Each student team works on a different project and everyone participates in project proposal development, reporting, and interactive elements of the design process.
  2. Apply a design process appropriate to the engineering problem at hand, including unstructured creativity as part of a structured design problem.
  3. Generate and evaluate design concepts after gaining a sound understanding of the problem background and existing design concepts.
  4. Identify a set of design variables and governing equations for the selected design concept that can be utilized to improve the design.

Course Outcomes

When this course is completed, students should be able to achieve the following:

  1. Given a qualitative and open-ended "real-world" engineering design problem, suggest a solution based on quantitative analysis.
  2. Learn to work effectively in engineering teams to resolve conflict and meet quantitative engineering objectives established during the project. Learn to communicate effectively with peers, project sponsors, advisors, and/or mentors.
  3. Learn to consider unstructured creativity as part of a structured design process. This means generating concepts using methods such as brainstorming and functional decomposition, followed by a systematic evaluation process to grade the merits/flaws in each idea.
  4. Learn to make good assumptions and exercise sound judgment in solving open-ended problems.
  5. Manage and plan large design projects using time management tools, and be able to handle uncertain and incomplete information effectively to meet project goals.
  6. Learn to clearly request and exchange quantitative information, and to communicate project results, to audiences of varying expertise levels.
  7. Learn patent and literature search methods, benchmarking, and other general forms of background independent learning.
  8. Integrate past course material to advance basic system concepts to a prototyping level, providing support for all design decisions by defensible engineering analysis and reasoning.
  9. Demonstrate the principles of safety by design; not only by executing an incident-free project but by being able communicate and document how potential hazards were eliminated by design.

Textbook There is no textbook for the course. Suggested readings for specific lectures will be available on CTools along with lecture notes, guiding worksheets, general resources, and URLs that will facilitate the application of a design process to your project. A general reference textbook you may find useful throughout the course is: George Dieter and Linda Schmidt, Engineering Design, 5th Ed., 2012, McGraw Hill.

Course Requirements:

Grading Policy Not all students in the same team will receive the same grade in ME450. Design reviews, in-class activities, and prototypes will be submitted and graded on a team basis. Participation in the course will be graded on an individual basis by the section instructors. The participation grade will be determined by class attendance, lecture participation, discussion section participation, peer evaluations, oral presentations, and contributions to the portfolio materials and prototype. If the participation percentage is very low, signifying that a student did not participate fully in the class, the entire grade for the course will be adjusted downward at the discretion of the section instructor and course coordinator. The student’s final grade will reflect actual participation and the grade deserved.

Grade Breakdown:
Design Reviews and Safety Review 40%
Participation and Peer Evaluations 15%
Lecture Attendance 10%
Design Expo Presentation 5%
Final Prototype 15%
Final Report 15%

Intended Audience:

The main requirement for ME450 is ME350: Design and Manufacturing II. You are expected to have a solid working knowledge of elementary mechanics such as statics, dynamics, and strength of materials. For example, you should be able to draw free body diagrams and determine such quantities as loads, deflections, and stress distributions across sections of mechanical components due to bending, torsion, and shear. You are also expected to have basic machining skills and be authorized to use the ME undergraduate machine shop.

Class Format:

The lectures will cover topics not previously presented in core ME courses such as risk assessment, ethics, environmental impact, and materials and manufacturing process selection. Initially, the lectures will cover how the design of mechanical systems can be approached using a process. These lectures will be applied directly to individual projects via in-class exercises, followed by meetings with the section instructors. Topics that will be covered before DR1 include general design process concepts, development of engineering specifications, and project management.

Lecture Attendance Policy: Attendance is required at each lecture.

Team meetings, which occur immediately following lecture, keep everyone on track and are a forum for each team to interact with the section instructor. At each 30-minute meeting, you will be expected to bring in drafts of the deliverables expected in the next DR. Later in the term, the teams will primarily be reviewing progress on the prototype, as well as revisions to the design that may come up during manufacturing or validation. The primary goal of the team meetings is to provide a constant stream of feedback throughout the term as each team iterates their designs and associated deliverables. Questions can be addressed as they come up and last-minute problems can be minimized.

Team Meeting Attendance Policy: Attendance is mandatory for the team meetings. Permission for absence must be arranged prior to missing a team meeting. Attendance is especially important as participation in the team meetings will form a significant portion of your participation grade. Peer reviews will also be conducted periodically. This will solicit your opinions regarding the energy, impact, professionalism, and enthusiasm of your teammates. The section instructors will weigh this input seriously as participation grades are determined.

MECHENG 450 - Design and Manufacturing III
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
10813
Open
130
 
-
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Projects vary for lab sections. Once classes begin, students will drop/add to the appropriate project-related section. MUST BE DONE BY 3RD WEEK OF TERM!!
002 (DIS)
P
10814
Open
26
24MECHENG
-
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: .
003 (DIS)
P
16792
Open
26
24MECHENG
-
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: .
004 (DIS)
P
22896
Open
26
24MECHENG
-
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
10815
Open
26
24MECHENG
-
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: .
006 (DIS)
P
10816
Open
25
24MECHENG
-
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: .
010 (REC)
 
19814
Open
130
 
-
Th 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Tu 4:00PM - 5:30PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.
Syllabi are available to current LSA students. IMPORTANT: These syllabi are provided to give students a general idea about the courses, as offered by LSA departments and programs in prior academic terms. The syllabi do not necessarily reflect the assignments, sequence of course materials, and/or course expectations that the faculty and departments/programs have for these same courses in the current and/or future terms.

Click the button below to view historical syllabi for MECHENG 450 (UM login required)

View Historical Syllabi
The CourseProfile (ART) system, supported by the U-M Provost’s 3rd Century Initiative through a grant to the Digital Innovation Greenhouse, provides additional information about: course enrollments; academic terms and instructors; student academic profiles (school/college, majors), and previous, concurrent, and subsequent course enrollments.

CourseProfile (ART)