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ME Senior Capstone Sequence Options

Mechanical Engineering Capstone

The Capstone Sequence is the primary culminating piece of your Mechanical Engineering curriculum.  You will carry out a formal design experience that takes you from design requirements to idea/design generation and on through prototyping and testing.  The sequence is intended to give you experience in the design process and bring together and reinforce the skills you have obtained in the analysis, modeling, and measurement of engineering systems.  You will also continue to refine your communication and teaming skills and be introduced to concepts in project management that you will utilize to successfully complete your projects.  The courses also touch on other important aspects of real-world engineering practice.

You have three choices of Capstone Sequences: A, B or C described below.

To ensure that you are prepared, the requisites will be enforced very strictly.

Mechanical Engineering major students who will be completing their capstone project fall/spring, will be required to attend an information session led by the capstone instructors which will cover this material and all options for capstone thoroughly. This meeting will take place while the student is enrolled in MECHENG 3671 (spring only), usually during their 3rd year in the program.

The requisites below apply to the first course in each of the three sequences

  • ME 3360
  • ME 3503
  • ME 3671
  • ME 3870

All students are required to complete MECHENG 4870 (Capstone Laboratory) regardless of the option they choose.

Introduction to ME Capstone Options (Powerpoint Presentation)

Capstone Sequence A

MECHENG 4900 ME Capstone Design I (1.5 cr hrs)

MECHENG 490x.01 ME Capstone Design II (1 cr hrs)

MECHENG 490x.02 ME Capstone Design III (2.5 cr hrs)

5 hours total

 

Capstone Sequence B

ENGR 5901.01 Multidisciplinary Design Capstone I (3 cr hrs)
ENGR 5901.02 Multidisciplinary Design Capstone II (3 cr hrs)

Formally ENGR 4901/4902/4903

6 hours total*

 

Capstone Sequence C

MECHENG 4684 Fundamentals of Product Design Engineering (4 cr hr)

MECHENG 4685 Product Design Capstone II (2 cr hr)

Formally Mecheng 5684/5685

6 hours total*

 

* 1 credit hour of the six earned is automatically applied towards the Mechanical Engineering   Technical Elective requirement.

 

Capstone Sequence Descriptions

Capstone Sequence A

The x  = 1, 2, 3 or 5 and indicates the different types of Projects.  You choose one option only.  Everyone takes MECHENG 4900.

 

  • This Capstone Sequence starts with MechEng 4900, which lasts 7 weeks (Term I).
  • MECHENG 490x.01  begins during week 8 of the same semester and continues to the end of the semester (Term II). 
  • At the time of registration, you must enroll in both MECHENG 4900 and MECHENG 490x.01.
  • You must finish the sequence (MECHENG 490x.02) the following semester, or Term.  See the following section Offerings.

 

Offerings

If you take MechEng 4900 and 490x.01 Autumn Semester, then 490x.02 lasts all of following Spring Semester.

Autumn Semester

Spring Semester

Term I

weeks 1-7

Term II

weeks 8-14

Full 14 weeks

MECHENG
4900

MECHENG 490x.01

MECHENG
490x.02

 








 


Not everyone is eligible to start the MechEng capstone sequence autumn semester. If you start Capstone Sequence A in Spring Semester, then your project options are limited to x = 1, and 4901.02 which will be completed during the following Autumn.

Spring Semester

Autumn Semester

Term I

weeks 1-7

Term II

weeks 8-14

Full 14 weeks

MECHENG
4900

MECHENG 490x.01

MECHENG
490x.02

 









 

Course Descriptions

MECHENG 4900: Introduction to Engineering Design
Over the first seven weeks of the semester students will learn the fundamentals of the engineering design process. One weekly lecture and 2 hands-on recitations per week will prepare students in understanding the overall engineering design process and the specific skills needed at each level of design. A short mini-project will also be completed to reinforce these skills. These skills will be applied to the specific Project Option that you select. Toward the end of this class one of the two recitations per week will be with your specified project team.

MECHENG 4901.01 and 4901.02: General Projects (x = 1)
Students will work in teams on a common design project as defined by the faculty instructor. For the 2013-2014 academic year students worked on several projects. The major project is to create a custom air-powered engine to power a one-person cart. The goal is to compete in two events based on rapid acceleration and maximum distance. As part of the project the engine’s valves are electronically reconfigurable for both efficiency and high power. A final class wide competition will be held to determine the best overall design.  Control, computer coding, electronics, thermodynamics, design optimization, manufacture, testing, and assembly will all be critical skills in the successful completion of this project. Future years will have different projects.

Further Information- ME 4900 and 4901 (Powerpoint Presentation)

The following Capstone Options require enrollment in MECHENG 4900 Autumn Semester

 

  • MECHENG 4902.01 and 4902.02: Student Design Competitions  (x = 2)
  • MECHENG 4904.01 and 4904.02: Humanitarian Projects (x=4)
  • MECHENG 4905.01 and 4905.02: Assistive Devices  (x = 5)

MECHENG 4902.01 and 4902.02: Student Design Competitions  (x = 2)
Students work on design projects arising from various student team competitions in engineering. The emphasis will be on automotive projects similar to Baja SAE, EcoCAR2, Buckeye Electric Motorcycle, Buckeye Bullet, among others. Note that these projects are tightly formulated to aid student teams in the design and manufacture of specific components or systems for the vehicle. Some examples include advanced braking systems, high-performance composite structures, and creation of real-time vehicle telemetry.  Student teams also document their designs so a record can be created of the various vehicle systems.

Further Information- ME 4902 (Powerpoint Presentation)

MECHENG 4904.01 and 4904.02: Humanitarian Projects (x=4)
Students work together and use engineering to solve real-world problems that also fulfill a Humanitarian purpose. Examples of these projects can be found in the presentation below. There will be an emphasis on detailed design, prototype, evaluation, and documentation.

Further Information- ME 4904 (PowerPoint Presentation)

MECHENG 4905.01 and 4905.02: Assistive Devices  (x = 5)
Students will create assistive devices for persons with disabilities. These devices will aid in the quality of life for many types of disabilities. These projects emphasize working with the customer and understanding the specific needs and wants of a variety of patients. Project teams of 3 to 5 students will be presented with an unmet need for an assistive device or technology, and will work through the entire product design process over the two course sequence. This project will also be done in collaboration with senior capstone students from the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Project teams will have faculty mentors from both the College of Engineering and the College of Medicine.  The project will culminate with the creation of working prototypes which will be tested and used in a clinical setting.

Further Information- ME 4905 (Powerpoint Presentation)

Capstone Sequence B

The multidisciplinary engineering capstone design program is an integrated sequence which will utilize principles of multiple engineering and non-engineering disciplines for industry-sponsored design projects.

  • This Capstone sequence lasts one full year (two consecutive semesters).
  • No student will be permitted to start in a different capstone and switch to this option.
  • This sequence only begins autumn semester.
  • Permission from the instructor is required to be enrolled.


Course Descriptions

ENGR 5901.01 & ENGR 5901.02 Multidisciplinary Design Capstone I & II

This course sequence is designed to prepare students with the engineering and professional skills and techniques to complete a real-world project using a design process. Students will learn a multidisciplinary engineering design process including defining the problem, conceptualizing solutions, designing a solution, building or modeling a prototype, and creating and implementing a validation plan.  Students will demonstrate technical communication skills and professional practices in a multidisciplinary environment. Students will also learn project management and teamwork skills. The multidisciplinary capstone design project starts by the 3rd week of autumn semester and continues thru the end of spring semester. Students apply the taught design process to an industry-sponsored design project. Teams of students (typically 4-6 students) from various engineering (i.e. CBE, CSE, ECE, Engr. Phys., FABE, ISE, etc.) and other disciplines (i.e. Business, Chemistry, Finance, Ind. Design, Psychology) work on these realistic projects which represent those that might be encountered upon graduation and entering a working environment. The project topics range from product and process improvement to new product development, humanitarian, and socially innovative product design. A faculty or staff advisor is assigned to each team and each sponsor supplies a liaison for the entire length of the project. A few of the past sponsors are ArcelorMittal, Cameron, Cardinal Health, eNNOVEA, Honda, John Deere, and Snowville Creamery.

Further information- Sequence B

Capstone Sequence C

MECHENG 4684 Fundamentals of Product Design Engineering (4 cr hrs)

MECHENG 4685 Product Design Capstone II (2 cr hrs)

  • The product design capstone sequence begins with MECHENG 4684 in Autumn Semester.
  • You finish this capstone sequence with MECHENG 4685 in spring semester.
  • Students who have already taken MECHENG 5682.01 (formerly MECHENG 5682)are not eligible for this capstone option.

Course Description
You will work in teams of three or four for the entire two–semester sequence to take a product idea from the initial conceptualization stage to functional prototype at the end of Spring Semester. The emphasis in this course is on product design, as compared to engineering design. You will be expected to do extensive fieldwork and design research before beginning your project, and to build several prototypes over the course of the two–semester sequence.

Further Information- Sequence C