Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Design of Mechanisms

ME 37200 / 3 Cr. (3 Class)

This course presents fundamental concepts on kinematics and dynamic analysis of linkages and mechanical systems; analytical and graphical approaches to analysis; vector loop and relative velocity/acceleration solutions; design and analysis of cams and gears.


Norton, R.L, Design of Machinery, 5th Edition, McGraw Hill, 2012. ISBN 978-0077421717

  1. Velocity and acceleration analysis as an integral part in the process of design
  2. Static and dynamic force analysis as an integral part in the process of design
  3. Design of mechanisms and mechanical components such as cams, gears, springs, screws, and clutches, which meet given design criteria, including strength requirements
  4. Design of mechanical systems such as cam-followers and gear train, which meet key performance requirements, including motion and dynamic performance
  5. Develop effective/professional written and oral communication skills through report writing and oral presentation

After completion of this course, the students should be able to:

  1. Identify the mechanical system that satisfies the given engineering requirements [e]
  2. Describe the necessary assumptions in designing mechanical systems [a, j]
  3. Apply proper engineering principles and theories to solve open-ended design problems [a]
  4. Perform kinematic and dynamic analyses using both graphical and analytical techniques [a]
  5. Perform mechanism analysis and simulation using computer tools [k]
  6. Evaluate the performance of mechanical systems [b, k, c]
  7. Design linkages, cams, gears and other machine elements for both motion and strength requirements [c, k]
  8. Communicate design work through written report and oral presentation [g]
  9. Conduct Library/Internet search of patents and literature [j, k]
  10. Explain the potential of designed mechanical systems on environment and society, including safety [h]

Note: The letters within the brackets indicate the general program outcomes of mechanical engineering. See: ME Program Outcomes.

  1. Kinematic analysis: fundamentals, position, velocity and acceleration (7 weeks)
  2. Static and dynamic force analysis (3 weeks)
  3. Design and analysis of cams (2 weeks)
  4. Design and analysis of gears and gear trains (3 weeks)
Design Tools
CAE tool for modeling, design and analysis (e.g., Matlab, I-Deas, Pro/Engineer)