As a student in Machine Design you will investigate theories of failure of machine components, and thus learn to analyze and design components to predict and avoid failure. You will investigate static loading, fatigue loading, surface loading, and their associated modes of failure.
There is a semester project where you will be part of a team asked to design and build a specified device. The device design and operation objective will be evaluated at a competition at the end of the semester. The reliability and marketability will be measured in a written report and oral presentation.
This project was to design and build a mechanism for lifting and moving furniture across a room. The general idea is that the device should enable a single user to lift and move a piece of furniture. There were two sets of objectives for the design: 1) device design and operation, and 2) reliability and marketability of the design. See FA14 Project Design Specs.
Students worked in teams to design and build a mechanism for pressing sawdust into pellets suitable for heating a grill. For project details see Sawdust Press Specifications.
Team Winners (pictured from L to R)