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4 Credits
Available Winter & Spring terms

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ME 316;
ME 382 or ME 382H
Matt Campbell
408 Rogers Hall

Course Description

The goal of this course is to develop a basic understanding of machine design, including systems, machine elements, and components. You will learn the basic mechanics necessary to model and analyze subsystems of machines. Through hands-on activities, you will also be exposed to the actual arrangement and assembly of machine elements in real-world systems and consumer products.


  • Stress review
  • Stress analysis
  • Static failure theory
  • Fatigue failure (fully reversed and fluctuating loads)
  • Dynamic shaft design
  • Gears
  • Springs
  • Bearings

Learning Outcomes

The student, upon successful completion of this course, will be able to:

  1. Reverse engineer a real product and analyze external forces.
  2. Select and apply an appropriate static failure theory to a machine component.
  3. Select and apply an appropriate dynamic (fatigue) failure theory to a machine component.
  4. Select mechanical components for a given load situation and analyze for failure.
  5. Perform a competitive analysis and provide insights on risk and reliability.
  6. Communicate analysis results and basic engineering concepts.