Building upon the fundamentals of mechanical design taught in MEAM 101, this hands-on, project-based course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to design, analyze, manufacture, and test fully-functional mechanical systems. Topics covered include an introduction to machine elements, analysis of the mechanics of machining, manufacturing technology, precision fabrication (milling, turning, and computer-controlled machining), metrology, tolerances, cutting-tool fundamentals, and engineering materials.


Tasks (show/hide old)

  Date Topic Reading Tutorial Assignment Due Parts Due
01S 8/29-30 (NO LAB) - - - -
02L 9/3 Logistics, Engineering Drawings Drawing Standards - - -
02S 9/5-6 Shop Overview, Stock Prep Lab Safety Info G01-G02 Quiz -
03L 9/10 Stirling Engines, The Mill S&F on Wikipedia - A01: Stirling SolidWorks -
03S 9/12-13 Squaring Stock - M01 Quiz -
04L 9/17 GD&T, Holemaking Fund. of GD&T - - -
04S 9/19-20 Holemaking - M02-M05 & G03 Quiz Squared-up Mounting Block
05L 9/24 2D Manufacturing, Prototrak - - A02: GD&T & A02b: .PT4 File -
05S 9/26-27 2.5D CNC / Prototrak ProtoTrak Info P01-P02 Quiz, Final .PT4 File Mounting Block w/ Holes
06L 10/1 Turning - - A03: Bedplate Design -
06S 10/3 Turning - L01-L02 Quiz 01 Mounting Block & 02 Piston Flange
07L 10/8 Measurement 13.6-13.8 - A04: Assembly Model -
07S 10/10-11 FALL BREAK - - - -
08L 10/15 Precision Measurement - - -
08S 10/17-18 Work Time - - - 03 Piston & 10 Piston Conn Rod
09L 10/22 Fasteners & Fits - - Final Bedplate -
09S 10/24-25 Work Time - - - 04 Web & 05 Crankshaft Bearing Tube
10L 10/29 Mass Manufacturing - - - -
10S 10/31-11/1 External Threading - - - 06 Rod Fork & 11 Disp. Conn Rod
11L 11/5 Metals, Finishing - - A05: Pistons -
11S 11/7-8 Lathe Chucks - L03 - 07 Disp. Bush. Tube & 13 Bal. Weight
12L 11/12 Flywheels - - -
12S 11/14-15 Work Time - - - 08 Heat Sink & 12 Return Crank
13L 11/19 Assembly Notes - - -
13S 11/21-22 Work Time - - - 14 Shaft/Flywheel
14L 11/26 NO LECTURE - - - -
14S 11/28-29 NO LAB (Thanksgiving) - - - -
15L 12/3 NO LECTURE - - A06: DBT Quote -
15S 12/5-6 Work Time - - - 15 Base
16L 12/10 ENGINE TESTING - - COMPLETED ENGINE


Engine


The fabrication of your engine will be broken down into three distinct categories.

1. Provided parts - These parts will be provided to you. The zip file below contains SolidWorks files for these parts, including the piston cylinder, flanged air chamber, displacer assembly, displacer shaft, and the return shaft:

SolidWorks Files for Provided Parts - updated to Rev B on Nov 2, 2011


2. Fully Defined - These are parts that you will manufacture in accordance with the provided engineering drawing:


3. Open Design - Given minimal engineering specifications and knowledge of your engine, you will design and fabricate the following:


Wall of Champions


At the conclusion of the project, we test each student's engine using a small butane table torch. The fastest engines from each semester are listed below:

Summer 2008 (08B) - Jamie Gewirtz, 1605 RPM
Spring 2009 (09A) - Andrew McGrath, 1396 RPM
Summer 2009 (09B) - Kyle Sirianno, 1200 RPM
Fall 2009 (09C) - Lucas Hartman, 1389 RPM
Spring 2010 (10A) - Maria Kaufman, 1849 RPM
Summer 2010 (10B) - Robert Parajon, 1380 RPM
Fall 2010 (10C) - Paige Willoughby, 1498 RPM
Spring 2011 (11A) - Pablo Castillo, 1624 RPM
Fall 2011 (11C) - Justin Yim, 1898 RPM
Spring 2012 (12A) - Alyssa Eng, 1643 RPM
Fall 2012 (12C) - Sade Oba, 1318 RPM
Spring 2013 (13A) - Antoine Rubin, 2211 RPM
Fall 2013 (13C) - Oliver Jenkins, 2146 RPM


Useful Resources


Textbook (Machine Elements in Mechanical Design, 4th ed., by Robert L. Mott)
Machining Work Permit
GD&T reference
Personal equipment
MEAM Laboratory Info

Lecture Slides



Course Calendar