ME 360

M E 360 Mechanical Design (3)

This course is required for all mechanical engineering students. It is an introduction to analysis and design of mechanical components. It helps provide practical insight into theory provided by prerequisites in engineering mechanics and materials science. Students initially perform yielding and fatigue failure predictions for general structural elements and then focus on specific mechanical components such as gears, fluid film bearing, rolling element bearings, screws, shafts and springs. Use and interpretation of finite element analyses (FEA) are also introduced. The overall goals are for students to learn to make basic design decisions regarding the suitability of different materials in mechanical components (e.g. steel versus aluminum); and to make basic design decisions regarding the suitability of different components in a mechanical system (e.g. ball bearings versus fluid film bearings).

ME 461

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M E (E MCH) 461 Finite Elements in Engineering (3)

An introductory course in the Finite Element Method (FEM). Through this course, students gain knowledge in finite element theory and problem modeling. The mathematical formulation of the method is presented. Problem sets are assigned using hand-calculations and computer programs such as MATLAB. The use of commercial FEM software is introduced.

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Fatigue and Fracture, and the finite element method

A summer course at the African University of Science and Technology, Abuja, Nigeria.





Middle School Outreach

Students used accessible materials to mimic the implant placement and stability assessment processes. Polymer foams, corks, soft and hard woods were used as foundation materials that mimic bones with different thickness and density. Screws were used to mimic implants and were installed into the foundations. They were then tested by how many bottles of water that they can handle. The students learned the implant-bone biomechanics, implant designs, and placement procedures. They also raised the awareness of bone health and oral health.