M E 347
Computer-Aided Engineering (3) Introduction to the tools and techniques of computer-aided design, including CAD, spreadsheets, numerical methods, and finite element analysis.
M E 347 Computer-Aided Engineering (3)
In this course students learn how to use a variety of computer tools for engineering analysis and design. These tools include Computer-Aided Design software such as solid modeling, spreadsheets, numerical methods, and finite element analysis. A major emphasis of the course is the development and solution of mathematical models of engineering systems or components. Students see how simplified analysis diagrams (free-body diagrams, block diagrams and control volumes) can be developed for real systems and components, and how these diagrams can be used to develop the mathematical models. Numerical techniques for solving these models, including systems of equations, non-linear equations, ordinary and partial differential equations, numerical differentiation and integration, and curve fitting are discussed. Students are also taught how to learn a new computer package with minimal formal instruction. Students are evaluated through the use of written exams during the semester, a comprehensive written final, weekly homework assignments, and a design project. This course is required in the Mechanical Engineering program, integrates material from a number of previous courses, and provides the student with tools that will be used in a number of subsequent courses. It is offered annually in the fall semester.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.