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ME30293: Computer aids for design

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2018/9
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours:
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 40%, EX 60%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Assignment 1 - MAT (CW 20%)
  • Assignment 2 - FCM (CW 20%)
  • Examination (EX 60%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
ME30293 Re- Assessment Examination (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide an understanding of: the use and operation of computer aided techniques in the overall design process(from conceptual design to manufacturing and beyond); the use of modelling within engineering design and analysis; the different types of modeller and their applications; data exchange and tools for capturing and managing engineering knowledge.
To give experience in the use of CAD and related techniques.

Learning Outcomes:
After successful completion of this unit a student will be able to:
* Demonstrate a fundamental understanding the different types of CAD modelling and data exchange approaches, what they offer and their operation and application to the overall design process; in particular to the design of machines and engineering systems.
* Describe the CAD requirements of typical companies.
* Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of how CAD (and related) techniques can be applied to different application areas.

Problem solving; numeracy; IT; working independently; written communication.

Computer aids for design, their relation to design needs, application to mechanism/machine design. Basic two and three dimensional drafting entities (points, lines, arcs, free-form curves and surfaces), manipulation, storage within system, transformations. Ideas of solid modelling, feature-based modelling, and constraint modelling. Graphics interface languages, parametrics.
Data representation and exchange: data and information in engineering; data types; mark-up languages; CAD data exchange; use of (for example) IGES and STEP. Computer aided manufacture (CAM), product data management (PDM) and product life-cycle management (PLM). Use of modelling tools within engineering design and analysis, types of packages available (this may for example include self study and student presentation material that may be examined).
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ME30293 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • UEME-AFB48 : BEng(Hons) Integrated Design Engineering (Year 3)
  • UEME-AKB48 : BEng(Hons) Integrated Design Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UEME-AFM48 : MEng(Hons) Integrated Design Engineering (Year 3)
  • UEME-AKM48 : MEng(Hons) Integrated Design Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UEME-AFM16 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering (Year 4)
  • UEME-AKM16 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)
  • UEME-AFM38 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing and Management (Year 4)
  • UEME-AKM38 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing and Management with Year long work placement (Year 5)