Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering - Leading Process and Product Improvement

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IME 4480 - Advanced Computer-Aided Design

Catalog Description:

Understanding and application of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) principles for design analysis of conceptual designs. Exposure to and utilization of commercial software packages for computer-based design analysis techniques (e.g., Finite Element Analysis - FEA) and customized design evaluation (e.g., symbolic evaluation). Interaction with, and among, selected drafting/modeling and design/analysis packages.

Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisites:  IME 3440 and IME 3480.  Corequisite:  IME 4490.

Credits: 3 hours

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (2 - 3)

Prerequisites by Topic:

  1. Understanding Equilibrium Principle for 2-D and 3-D situations (IME 3480)
  2. Ability to apply Equilibrium Conditions to 2-D and 3-D situations (IME 3480)
  3. Comprehension of the different types of body stresses in a mechanical and/or structural component (IME 3480)
  4. Capability to determine the magnitudes of the existing body stresses in 2-D and
    3-D situations (IME 3480)
  5. Fundamental understanding of thermodynamics laws and the related parameters (IME 2830)
  6. Fundamental understanding of conservation of energy and mass principles applied to fluid mechanics problems (IME 2840)
  7. Capability to define and follow algorithmic approaches to problem solving
    (CS 1110)

Course Objectives, Performance Criteria, and Outcomes:

Course Objectives

ABET-TAC Outcomes2


Performance Criteria Measured1

Identify and model the analysis conditions of 2-D and 3-D mechanical and structural components


A2: Understand and apply modeling issues for computer-aided analysis of components

Numerically analyze and solve solid mechanics problems using computer-aided engineering tools


Properly specify constraints that reflect functionality of modeled components/systems in CAD

Perform critical and creative analysis for redesign of existing mechanical and structural components


F2: Perform design changes to fulfill specified requirements for components

Report and present individual and group engineering analysis results


G2: Identify and obtain analysis results that properly illustrate the design process applied

Performance Criteria1: IME performance criteria may be found at

ABET-TAC Outcomes2: Outcomes may be found at

*results tracked in ABET course notebooks


Pro/MECHANICA Tutorial – Structure – Integrated Mode (Wildfire 4.0), by R. Toogood, Schroff Development Corporation, Mission, KS, 2008.

Catia V5 FEA Tutorials – Release 19, Nader G. Zamani, Schroff Development Corporation, Mission, KS, 2009.


User's Manuals. Various commercial software packages.

Introduction to Finite Element Analysis and Design, Nam-Ho Kim and B. V. Sankar, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, 2009.

Course Coordinator:

Jorge Rodriguez
Western Michigan University
E-224 Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336
Phone: 276-3374

Revision Date: Summer 2011


Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Western Michigan University
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