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ME395 Introduction to Design

 

Syllabus

 

Week 1: Overview of the class| project selection and team formation (lecture pdf)
Week 2: Overview of the design process, product research (lecture pdf), and project proposal and scheduling (lecture pdf)

READING:

  • Dixon, J.R. (1997) Overview of the Design Process, Section 1.2 in ASM Handbook, Volume 20: Materials Selection and Design (available on-line through the UW Libraries from on-campus or from off-campus)

  • Hendrickson, C. (1998) Fundamental Scheduling Procedures, Chapter 10 in Project Management for Construction: Fundamental Concepts for Owners, Engineers, Architects and Builders, available at http://pmbook.ce.cmu.edu/10_Fundamental_Scheduling_Procedures.html

Weeks 3-4: Design requirements, morphologies, and concepts (lecture part 1 pdf, lecture part 2 pdf)

READING: Otto, K.N., K.L. Wood (1997) Conceptual and Configuration Design of Products and Assemblies, Section 1.3 in ASM Handbook, Volume 20: Materials Selection and Design (available on-line through the UW Libraries from on-campus or from off-campus)

ASSIGNMENT- Design proposal is due 10/7 at 5pm in the class dropbox

Week 5 (Oct 21): Decision making

READING: Bourell, D.L. (1997) Decision Matrices in Materials Selection, Section 4.32 in ASM Handbook, Volume 20: Materials Selection and Design (available on-line through the UW Libraries from on-campus or from off-campus)

Week 5 (Oct 23): Ethics and professionalism

READING: NSPE Code of Ethics for Engineers, available at http://www.nspe.org/Ethics/CodeofEthics/index.html 

Week 6: Failure analysis, reliability, and robust design

READINGS:

  • Kardos, G. (1997) Risk and Hazard Analysis in Design, Section 2.8 in ASM Handbook, Volume 20: Materials Selection and Design (available on-line through the UW Libraries)

  • Smith, C.O. (1997) Reliability in Design, Section 2.4 in ASM Handbook, Volume 20: Materials Selection and Design (available on-line through the UW Libraries)

  • Ealey, L.A. (1997) Robust Design, Section 2.7 in ASM Handbook, Volume 20: Materials Selection and Design (available on-line through the UW Libraries)

  • Simpson, T.W. (2000) Taguchi’s Robust Design Method, in Wysk, R. A., Niebel, B. W., Cohen, P. H., and Simpson, T. W. Manufacturing Processes: Integrated Product and Process Design, McGraw Hill, New York, 2000, available at  http://www.mne.psu.edu/simpson/courses/ie466/ie466.robust.handout.PDF

ASSIGNMENT: Midterm design report is due on 10/28 at 5pm in the class dropbox
Week 7: Engineering economics and cost analysis

READINGS:

  • White, J.A (1990) Engineering Economics, Chapter 15 in Eshbach's Handbook of Engineering Fundamentals (4th Edition), John Wiley & Sons  (available on-line through the UW Libraries)

  • Sullivan, W. G., E.M. Wicks, C.P. Koelling (2008) Cost Concepts and Design Economics, Chapter 2 in Engineering Economy, 14th Edition, Prentice Hall, available at http://esminfo.prenhall.com/engineering/sullivan/  

  • Sullivan, W. G., E.M. Wicks, C.P. Koelling (2008) Cost Estimating Techniques, Chapter 3 in Engineering Economy, 14th Edition, Prentice Hall, available at http://esminfo.prenhall.com/engineering/sullivan/  

Week 8: Product architecture and final reports

READING: pending

Week 9: Project presentations

ASSIGNMENT: 11/18-11/21 Oral presentations (15 minutes/team)

Week 10: Team meetings (and Thanksgiving break)
Week 11: Review for the comprehensive design theory exam

EXAMINATION: 12/5- Comprehensive design theory exam

Finals week: Final reporting

ASSIGNMENT: 12/11- Final design report is due at 5pm in the class dropbox

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