Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Capstone Design

EEN 46200 / 3 Cr.

Concurrent engineering design concept is introduced and practiced.  Application of the design is emphasized.  Design problems from all areas of energy engineering are considered. Contemporary issues pertaining to energy engineering career will be discussed.


David G. Ullman, The Mechanical Design Process, Fourth Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2010.

To be able to follow the design process, generate better quality designs in less time, understand the organization within a company, be more creative in solving design problems, and design as part of a group activity.
  1. Apply the design process to fulfill customer’s needs. [e] [PUL 1B, 2, 3]
  2. Identify and formulate design tasks and their objectives. [e] [PUL 1B, 2, 3]
  3. Establish a project schedule and work plan, and aware of project management techniques. [c1, g, d] [PUL 1A, 2, 3]
  4. Develop design specifications by completion of a house of quality. [c1, f] [PUL 2, 3, 4]
  5. Generate design ideas based on functional decomposition. [c1] [PUL 2,3]
  6. Evaluate the ideas based on customer requirements. [e, k3] [PUL 1B, 2, 3]
  7. Creatively generate product designs. [a, c1] [PUL 1B, 2, 3]
  8. Complete the design including considerations for cost, safety, environmental, and societal impacts. [h, j] [PUL 3, 2]
  9. Validate the final design through simulation and/or working prototype. [b, k1] [PUL 2,3]
  10. Utilize computer-aided design tools for engineering design, analysis and manufacturing. [k1, k2] [PUL 3]
  11. Develop a physical prototype of the final design using appropriate manufacturing tools [k2] [PUL 3]
  12. Give technical presentations and communicate accurately and effectively through weekly progress report, project proposal, organized final design report, and oral presentation. [g, i] [PUL 1A]
  13. Document the design activities and outcomes through product development file, drawings, meeting minutes, and personal design notebook. [g, i, j, k3] [PUL 1A, 1B, 2, 3]
  14. Conduct Library/Internet search of patents and literature [j, k3, f, h] [PUL 2, 3]
  15. Work effectively as (multidisciplinary) team player and demonstrate his/her participation through a personal design notebook. [d] [PUL 1A]
  16. Show awareness of lifelong learning and ethical aspects [i] [PUL 1B]
  17. Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context through broad education. [h] [PUL 5]
  18. Understand issues related entrepreneurship and intellectual property [h] [PUL 5]
  1. Presentation of projects, team forming, projects assignment (2 periods)
  2. Design process and its planning (0.5 periods)
  3. Project specification development (0.5 periods)
  4. Concept generation (0.5 periods)
  5. Concept evaluation (0.5 periods)
  6. Product generation (0.5 periods)
  7. Product evaluation (0.5 periods)
  8. Robust design (0.5 periods)
  9. Seminars (2 periods)
  10. Finalizing product design (0.5 periods)
  11. Proposal and presentation preparation (1 period)
  12. Oral presentation (1 period)
  13. Final report and presentation preparation (1 period)
  14. Oral presentation (1 period)
  15. Team meetings (18 periods)