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Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET)

MET 210W Machine Design (3) Design machine elements including bearings, springs, levers, shafts, gears, belts, and small mechanical devices; writing skills and computer applications.

MET 210W Machine Design (3)

ME T 210W is designed to provide students with the necessary concepts and procedures to properly design machine elements in mechanical systems. The course starts with the study of the properties of various engineering materials, including various types of steel, aluminum, and plastics. Heat treating of steels is also covered. Machine design criteria are presented along with discussions of various types of stresses, concepts of principle stress, combined stresses, and methods of stress analysis. Failure theories and their application to brittle and ductile materials are covered along with the relationship of these concepts to design factors. The influence of dynamic loads on design and design margins is also covered. Welded and bolted connections and their design requirements are also studied, along with the application of buckling and beam deflection analysis to the design of support colunms and beams. The course also examines the design of various types of springs and gears, the calculation of shaft stresses, and the design of clutches, brakes, belts, and chains.

The writing component of the ME T 210W course is satisfied by having students choose a design project which is completed over the course of the semester. Instructors introduce the design project early in the semester and discuss how writing exercises will be used to complete the project. Students write an initial proposal that is graded and returned. Subsequently, students prepare and present progress reports at various times through the semester. These are also graded. The project ends with students preparing a draft final project report, which is critiqued and returned. Based on the critique, a final design report is prepared and is a significant component of the final course grade. Both the progress reports and the final design report activities involve both written and oral exercises.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2014
Prerequisite: MET 206 orE MCH 212 orPHYS 150 orPHYS 250 orPHYS 211;MCH T 213 orE MCH 213 orET 322 orEMET 322

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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