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ME395 Introduction to Design

 

Syllabus

 

Week 1: Class introduction; project selection and team formation; overview of the design process

LECTURES: class intro pdf; introduction to the design process pdf

READING: Dixon, J.R. (1997) Overview of the Design Process, Section 1.2 in ASM Handbook, Volume 20: Materials Selection and Design

Weeks 2-3: Project management, design definition, product decomposition, benchmarking & professionalism/ethical conduct
(LECTURE part 1 pdf LECTURE part 2 pdf, LECTURE part 3 pdf)

READING:

Week 4: Criteria and Concepts in Design (LECTURE pdf)

ASSIGNMENT: 10/8- Design proposal is due at 5pm in the class dropbox

READING (SELECTED parts within SECTION 2, ALL IN ASM Handbook, Volume 20: Materials Selection and Design):

  • Clausing, D.  (1997) Concurrent Engineering, Section 2.1

  • Hunter, T.A. (1997) Designing to Codes and Standards, Section 2.2

  • Bralla, J.G. (1997) Design for Quality, Section 2.6

  • Smith, C.O. (1997) Reliability in Design, Section 2.4

  • Smith, C.O. (1997) Human Factors in Design, Section 2.9

  • Fleischmann, S.T. (1997) Environmental Aspects of Design, Section 2.10

  • Smith, C.O. (1997) Safety in Design, Section 2.11

Week 5: Decision making (LECTURE pdf)

READING:

  • Bourell, D.L. (1997) Decision Matrices in Materials Selection, Section 4.32 in ASM Handbook, Volume 20: Materials Selection and Design

  • Saaty, T.L., Katz, J.M. (1990) “How to make a decision: The analytic hierarchy process,” European Journal of Operational, 48, 9-26

Weeks 6-7: Materials selection and engineering analyses (LECTURE pdf)

ASSIGNMENT: 11/1- Midterm design report is due at 5pm in the class dropbox

READING:

  • Dieter, G.E. (1997) Overview of the Materials Selection Process, Section 4.28 in ASM Handbook, Volume 20: Materials Selection and Design

  • Ealey, L.A. (1997) Robust Design, Section 2.7 in ASM Handbook, Volume 20: Materials Selection and Design

  • Kardos, G. (1997) Risk and Hazard Analysis in Design, Section 2.8 in ASM Handbook, Volume 20: Materials Selection and Design

  • Rice, R.C. (1997) Statistical Aspects of Design, Section 2.9 in ASM Handbook, Volume 20: Materials Selection and Design

  • Smith, D.E. (1997) Design Optimization, Section 3.24 in ASM Handbook, Volume 20: Materials Selection and Design

  • Fraley, S., M. Oom, B. Terrien, J. Zalewski (2007) Design of experiments via taguchi methods: orthogonal arrays, available at https://controls.engin.umich.edu/wiki/index.php/Design_of_experiments_via_taguchi_methods:_orthogonal_arrays 

Weeks 7-8: Cost analysis (engineering economics LECTURE pdf; cost analysis LECTURE pdf; ABC income statement xls)

READING:

  • 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 9: Project presentations

ASSIGNMENT: 11/19-11/22 Oral presentations (15 minutes/team) (what to include in your presentation)


Week 10: Final design report structure (and Thanksgiving break) (Lecture pdf)

 

Week 11: Review for the comprehensive design theory exam (Lecture pdf)

EXAMINATION: 12/6- Comprehensive design theory exam

 
Finals week: Final reporting

12/10- Final design report is due at 5pm in the class dropbox

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