SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code M3H324716
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Computer-Aided Engineering

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to develop further the student's knowledge and ability to apply CAD techniques to the design of engineering components.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: The configuration of hardware and CAD software, and appropriate standards in graphics, communication and data exchange are discussed. The CAD process is illustrated by means of selected studies and coursework to apply the Design Process (CAD) and Engineering Analysis (FEA) to engineering components. A selected system or component will be the focus for each activity in turn to apply the techniques described and interact with the other areas of study. The use of feature-based associative software to generate 3D component/parts and assemblies to create corresponding 2D drawings. Explain the integrative modular approach to current CAD software and invoke to appropriate modules for Finite Element Analysis of the parts generated above. The various types of Finite Element Analysis, different element types, and the basic phases of the solution process are explained. Commercial Codes, Idealisation, Descretisation, Boundary Conditions, Convergence and validation of results, techniques for use of symmetry and resource requirements are discussed. The application of a commercial finite element code for the solution of 2D plane stress, axisymmetric and 3D thin shell problems.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Integrate CAD applications into the design process.(AM3, AM4)2. Interpret the role of standards in CAD and their application to graphical communication and data exchange. (AM3, AM4)3. Develop 3D parts/components, assemblies and associated 2D drawings using feature-based CAD software. (AM3, AM4)4. Apply the underlying principles of the Finite Element Methods and demonstrate its use to practical applications. (AM3, AM4)5. Evaluate the use of commercial codes as applicable to the analysis of simple engineering components

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures and 'hands-on' computer tutorials with coursework studies.

Indicative Reading

CAD/CAM from Principles to Practice, McMahon & Brown, 1993, Addison-Wesley The CAD/CAM Process, 1988, Hawkes/Pitman The Principles of Computer-Aided Design, Ed. - Rooney et al, OU/Pitman Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire for Designers Release 2.0,2008, Sham Tickoo, CADCIM Technologies, ISBN: 1-932709-03-7 ANSYS tutorial Release 10, by Kent L. Lawrence 2006, SDC publications

Transferrable Skills

-360b7 Knowledge and skills to produce solid geometric model components and their assemblies using them Formulation of fundamental finite element analysis models and their analysis limited linear structural analysis

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 8.00
Lectures (FT) 14.00
Practicals (FT) 28.00
Independent Learning (FT) 50.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35%  Open-ended Assignment report of 1500 words
Exam (School) 1.50 25.00 35% End-Term Test - Unseen written examination-1½ Hours 
Exam (School) 1.50 25.00 35% Mid-Term Test- Unseen written examination-1½ Hours