Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Design and Manufacturing

Research Focus

Design involves the creative use of all the basic engineering sciences to conceive practical devices that satisfy a prescribed functional specification. Design typically involves iteration between “synthetic” and “analytic” phases, the former being concerned with conceptualization of basic operating principles, and the latter with detailed sizing of parts, selection of materials, etc. Software tools (for computer aided geometric design, finite element analysis, dynamic simulations, etc.) play a central role in engineering design. Manufacturing involves the selection of basic part fabrication processes (such as casting, machining, forming, molding, etc.) consistent with the desired part characteristics and costs. Computer controls play a central role in modern manufacturing, to ensure consistent part accuracy with high throughput. Design for manufacturability, maintenance, extended service life, disposability, and many other considerations are key concerns of modern industry