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Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Syllabus for
EME 150B – Mechanical Design
Winter Quarter 2018

This course introduces principles of engineering mechanics applied to the design and selection
of mechanical components. Mechanical components in the focus of this course are shafts,
rolling bearings, journal bearings, springs, gears, screws, amongst others. The students will
work on design projects, which concentrate on conceptual design, engineering analysis,
methods of manufacture, material selection, and cost. Furthermore, the course introduces
Computer-Aided Design.
The course consists of lectures and discussions. In addition, the students will work on a class
project, homework, and two exams.

Lecture: T 8:00 – 9:50 AM in Roessler Hall 55
R 8:00 – 8:50 AM in Roessler Hall 55
Discussion: R 9:00 – 9:50 AM in Roessler Hall 55

Professor Dr.-Ing. Barbara Linke
Phone: (530) 752-6451
Office hours (WQ 2018): T 10 AM – 11.30 AM,
or by appointment in 2052 Bainer Hall
The best method to contact me outside of class and office hours is via email. Please use your
UC Davis email address for all communication.

Teaching Assistant
Daniel Andenmatten (
Sreedev Das (
Office hours on Wednesday TBD

C- or better in course 150A

The course web page is on Canvas
All class communication will be done through your UC Davis email address. Please sign up for
automatic announcements in Canvas.
The required textbook for this course is Shigley’s Mechanical Engineering Design, R.G.
Budynas and J.K. Nisbett, 10th edition or earlier, McGrawHill. A copy of the book has been
placed on 2 hour reserve at Shields Library.
EME 150B covers (a subset of) Part 3 of this book. Parts 1 and 2 were covered in EME 150A.

EME150B, Winter Quarter 2018

Prof. Barbara Linke
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Homework and quizzes 13 %
Mid-term exam 15 % (no make-up exam)
Final exam 36 % (no make-up exam, cumulative)
Class project 36 %
Please observe the UC Davis Code of Academic Conduct ( for all
aspects of this course.

Class Project
The class project covers design, analysis, manufacturing, and testing of a device to move loads
up an inclined plane. The project report includes a detailed analysis and its presentation through
graphs, charts and tables. Sketches and drawings of part components and systems are
expected. More information on the class project will be given in class. Assignments for the class
project will be handed in through Canvas.

Homework is submitted on paper and quizzes are submitted online. Solution sets for the
homework will be posted after the due date. Homework submitted after the solution has been
posted cannot get credit.
You must complete the homework on your own. You may consult with classmates about
conceptual aspects of a problem, but all written work must be your own. You are not allowed to
consult with former students from this class or use solution sets from prior years.
Your homework must be neat, clearly organized and readable. Otherwise points will be

The in-class discussion sessions are an integral part of the course and will cover strategies for
problem-solving, clarify course material covered in the lectures, homework, and exams, and
help you in planning for the class project. Attendance at the discussion sessions is required.

There will be two exams to test your understanding of concepts and methods presented during
the lectures. The exams will be open book and open notes. No make-up exams will be given.
Arrangements may be made in exceptional circumstances and if you have a legitimate and
documented justification (medical condition).

Course Outcomes
• Develop conceptual design skills to guide the selection and integration of basic mechanical
components into working systems.
• Understand principles governing the function and sizing of machine elements such as shafts,
gears, bearings, springs, and mechanical fasteners.
• Employ principles of stress and fatigue analysis to ensure desired function, reliability, and
longevity for components of mechanical systems.
• Apply engineering problem–solving skills in a practical mechanical design context.
• Develop teamwork skills through team design projects that illustrate the selection and
integration of machine components to satisfy a prescribed functional specification.

EME150B, Winter Quarter 2018

Prof. Barbara Linke
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Tentative Schedule (Content and schedule are subject to change)

Date Lecture Class project

Jan 9 Course information, class project
Team building
Jan 11 Gears & gear trains
Jan 16 Gears & gear trains Train value calculation (assignment
Jan 18 Gears & gear trains due)
Jan 23 Gears & gear trains
First CAD model (assignment due)
Jan 25 Shaft elements
Jan 30 DC Motor Revised CAD model (assignment
Feb 1 DC Motor due)
Feb 6 Shaft design
Shaft analysis (assignment due)
Feb 8 Shaft design
Feb 13 Midterm (90 min)
Feb 15 Rolling contact bearings
Feb 20 Rolling contact bearings
Feb 22 Journal bearings
Feb 27 Journal bearings
Test report (assignment due)
Mar 1 Springs
Mar 6 Springs
Mar 8 Mechanical fasteners
Mar 13 Mechanical fasteners
Mar 15 Review
TBD Project competition
Mar 19 Final report due
Mar 23, Final exam (8:00 am, 120 min, this exam
Friday covers all topics)

More Reading Material:

• K. S. Edwards and R. B McKee, Fundamentals of Mechanical Component Design, McGraw–
Hill (1991).
• R. C. Juvinall, K. M. Marshek, Fundamentals of Machine Component Design, Wiley (2011).
• R. L. Norton, Machine Design: An Integrated Approach, Prentice–Hall (2013).
• M. F. Spotts, Design of Machine Elements, Prentice–Hall (2003).
• H. Petroski, To Engineer Is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design, Vintage

EME150B, Winter Quarter 2018

Prof. Barbara Linke