Modern Simulation or Computer Aided Design tools are fast becoming an
essential component of engineering practice today. this course aims at providing
the student with an in-depth exposure to one area of mechanical engineering,
namely, the design of dynamical systems, where simulation is very actively
used in the industry and for which we have acquired some state-of-the-art
CAD tools in the college. the primary emphasis is two-fold:
to formulate the equations governing the kinematics and dynamics of
multibody systems and to solve and visualize them using Mathematica for
relatively simple machines such as, for example, a camera-film advance
mechanism and some hand held tools, and
use the software tool Working Model to model and desin much more complex
systems such as landing gear assembly and an automobile suspension. It
is also possible that the course will include coverage of other related
CAD tools that we may acquire shortly.
This will be a lab and project oriented course where the
students will complete a series of computational labs and then use these
skills in a significant design project towards the end of the semester.
The topics to be presented relate to multibody kinematics
and dynamics, and design optimization and are as follows:
Review of kinematics and dynamics of a rigid body.
Various formulations for multibody kinematics and dynamics.
Solution and visualization of equations of motion using Mathematica
including systems such as gears and cams.
Introduction to design sensitivity analysis.
Case studies in using sensitivity analysis with an optimization solver.
- Projects with Working Model software.
For those students who are not familiar with Mathematica, we will provide
some additional review material and tutorial lectures.
all MATH and all MECE 3xxx courses & Design II, III.
(1) " Computer - Aided Analysis of Mechanical Systems "
by Parviz E. Nikravesh
This is a course pack, available at the University Copy Center.
(2) "Design of Machinery" by Robert L. Norton
McGraw Hill 1999 ISBN 0-07-048395-7
Homeworks and assignments only. Some will involve computer work.