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Department of Mechanical Engineering, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

ME50301: Computer aids for design

Click here for further information Credits: 6
Click here for further information Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Click here for further information Period: Semester 1
Click here for further information Assessment: CW 50%, EX 50%
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: ME50301 Reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Click here for further information Requisites:
Click here for further information Description: Aims:
To provide an understanding of: the use of computer aided techniques in the overall design process; 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 taking this unit the student should be able to:
* Describe the different types of CAD modelling and data exchange approaches, what they offer and their application to the overall design process; in particular to the design of machines and engineering systems.
* Understand the CAD requirements of typical companies.
* Appreciate 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, 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. Collaboration and computer-supported co-operative work (CSCW). 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).
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ME50301 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Mechanical Engineering
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