This course examines design, selection, and combination of machine elements to produce a robust precision system. It introduces process, philosophy and physics-based principles of design to improve/enable renewable power generation, energy efficiency, and manufacturing productivity.
Topics include error apportionment & error budgeting, mechanical connections & interfaces, linkages, machine elements, power transmission, structures, selection of manufacturing methods and materials, and metrology. Considers each topic with respect to its principles of operation, mechanics and performance.
Students design, build, and test a series of modules including kinematic and elastic averaging couplings and linear and rotary motion axes. Graduate students make two linear motion axes and combine with the rotary axis to create a T-base lathe. Students must before the scheduled topic is covered in class complete the corresponding 2.75x online module and assessment quiz, as lectures focus on use of the materials in actual design scenarios.