Department of Mechanical Mechatronics Engineering ME 482 by hvg98489


									                        Department of Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering
                                   ME 482 Mechanical Engineering Project
                                                        WINTER 2010

The ME 482 – Mechanical Engineering Project is a technical elective course that is the culmination of
three terms of progressively more independent project work. The previous two required project courses
(ME 380 and ME 481) were relatively structured; however, the ME 482 project challenges the student
to work more independently while offering a wider range of topics and more opportunity for innovation.
Responsibility is placed on the student to apply course material and to seek out and make the best use
of the available resources in terms of faculty, staff, library, laboratory, etc. This is an opportunity to
further develop the creative and communication skills necessary to be successful in industry.

Selecting an ME 482 Project: A list of suitable ME 482 projects are posted on the Mechanical
Engineering Current Undergraduate Student Web page. Look under the "Projects and Competitions"
section at the bottom of the page. Students are free to choose from these projects or to develop their
own. Students may select a topic from the list or, with the approval of their ME 481 Design Project
supervisor, students may undertake a continuation of their ME 481 project from their 4A term, e.g.,
those students working on student team competition projects. Students may also suggest project
topics, but must obtain agreement of a professor in the area of interest to supervise the project.

Registering Your Project: The ME 482 Project Registration Form must be returned to the
Undergraduate Advisor, Lynn Crema (E2-2328A) on or before the registration deadline shown below.
Take note that this deadline is before the Course-Add deadline. Project Registration Forms are
available from Lynn Crema in the Undergraduate Office or may be printed by clicking on the hyperlink
at the bottom of the current undergraduate student web page.

Biomechanics Option Requirements: Students participating in the Biomechanics Option must ensure
that their ME 482 project is a project related to Biomechanics. Also, this project must be a two term
project, i.e., the project must be started in 4A in ME 481 and completed in 4B in ME 482 Mechanical
Engineering project.

Approval for the Biomechanics content of the project must be obtained from the Biomechanics Option
Coordinator or designate (ME 482 coordinator) (see Important Contacts table above) on your Project
Registration Form.

Mechatronics Option Requirements: Mechatronics can be defined as the "synergistic design of
systems which require the integration of mechanical, electrical, and computer systems". Students
participating in the Mechatronics Option must ensure that their projects satisfy this definition.

Approval for Mechatronics content must be obtained from the Mechatronics Option coordinator or
designate (ME 482 coordinator) at the start of the project.


Submitting Your Final Report: Submit your final report to Lynn Crema on or before the deadline
shown below. Lynn will record the submission date and send your report to your supervisor for marking.
Do not give your report directly to your supervisor. There are serious penalties for late submission.

Group Projects: Each ME 482 student must prepare an individual final report. Projects involving more
than one student must be divided into smaller sub-projects, each with its own sub-goals, such that each
student is responsible for an easily identifiable portion of the project.

Course Credit: The ME 482 project is assigned credit as a fourth-year Mechanical Engineering
Technical Elective. Students may choose to take the ME 482 project in place of a classroom-based
Technical Elective course. Related information can be found in the handout sheet, "Mechanical
Engineering Fourth-Year Course Selection", which is available from the Undergraduate Office.

Expected Work Load: On average, a 4th year course is estimated to require at least 9 hours per week
to attend lectures, do labs and/or projects, tutorials and homework, etc. ME 482 is also a 4th year
course. Thus, it is expected that a successful ME 482 Mechanical Engineering Project will require
a minimum of 9 hours of work per week throughout the term. More work may be required from
time-to-time during execution of the project and to write the final report.

Financial Support for Projects:
Most ME 482 projects do not entail significant expense, but in cases where purchases are made (e.g.,
materials, parts, a sensor, a special tool), the Department of Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering
will endeavor to support ME 482 projects to a maximum of $50 per term per student. Most projects that
involve making of a physical prototype will require further funding. Normally, funds in excess of $50
would come from other sources, such as the research funds of the project supervisor, industrial support
or sponsorship. All expenditures are to be made at the combined discretion of the student and
supervisor. Claims for expenses should be presented to the Department’s Administrative Assistant,
Donna Kellendonk and must be accompanied by the original receipts.

OCE Connections: Applications for funding from the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)
Connections Program require an industrial partner who will provide money in partial support of the
project. See the OCE web site at: These applications
must be submitted to Prof. L. Simon by email at on or before 6:00 pm, Friday,
Jan. 15th. Note that the Connections Program is subject to availability of funds. It is
recommended that you contact Professor Simon immediately to inform him of your intention to submit a
proposal for OCE Connections project funding and to get the required application forms.

The Canadian Posture & Seating Center Award for Project Funding: are awards in support of
student projects valued between $500 and $2000 established to encourage students with good
academic standing to develop systems, methodology or assistive devices in aid of full participation in
Canadian Society by physically disadvantaged persons. The awards will be granted to outstanding
students who demonstrate an interest and ability in engineering activities directed toward delivery of
such services. Interested students in third- or fourth-year may apply. Application forms may be obtained
in .pdf format from the Student Awards and Financial Aid Office web site
Completed applications are to be submitted to the Student Awards Office, Needles Hall prior to the
deadline. For further details, contact Professor R. Fraser, Mech.& Mech. Eng. , CPH 3671, ext. 84764,

There are a number of ME 482 – Mechanical Engineering Projects and Student Team projects that
require use of machine shop facilities to make parts for these projects. There are a number of machine
shop facilities available for making parts and prototypes:

    1. The Engineering Student Machine Shop (E3-2101, open 10am-9pm Monday to Friday) is
       available for use by all undergraduate engineering students.
    2. The Main Engineering Machine Shop (E3-2121) is a fee-for-service machine shop available to
       anyone who can charge the service to a University of Waterloo account. Typically, there is a 6
       week or more delay before a job will start, so plan ahead.

ME 482 project topics may be selected from a much wider range than earlier projects (e.g., ME 481)
and may even be interdisciplinary. The only firm rule is that the project must have some relevance to
Mechanical Engineering. ME 482 projects typically fall into one (or more) of the three following

       Experimental: A laboratory investigation to gain information of a fundamental and/or applied
       Theoretical: Further development and/or application of current theory to an existing field.
       Design and Construction: Application of the design process, usually coupled with prototype

Each project should follow the scientific method and should apply the problem-solving approaches
studied in earlier courses. In general, this includes: Gathering Information: A review of the state-of-the-
art should be made using the published literature as well as textbooks and student reports from
previous projects if available.
       1) Proper Planning: Students must define the project goals and must organize a logical
           sequence of steps to achieve these goals. This will vary depending on the project, ability to
           procure materials, availability of equipment, etc.
       2) Regular Meetings: Students must meet regularly with the project supervisor.
       3) Professional Record Keeping: Proper records are essential and are typically kept in a log
           book with all details of activity noted. Be sure to use standard nomenclature and work in the
           SI system of units.

The official instructor for the ME 482 course is the Project Coordinator (the Associate Chair
Undergraduate Studies), not your project supervisor. The ME 482 mark is assigned by the Coordinator,
although it is heavily based on the supervisor's evaluation. All questions relating to due dates, mark
assignments, etc., should be directed to the Project Coordinator.

Report Evaluation: The ME 482 final grade is determined partly from the project report, which is
evaluated by the project supervisor. To obtain a good grade, you must plan ahead and allow
adequate time to prepare a professional technical report before the final report deadline noted in
the table above.

Report Standards: ME 482 reports are expected to conform to work term report standards. However,
some supervisors may request various modifications to this format. The report must be of high quality
since it is an important record of the project and forms the basis for much of the ME 482 mark.

Report Content: Your supervisor will give you specific instructions as to the expected content of your


final report. The report should cover the progress that has been made, including results obtained,
graphical data, design drawings, and a statement of conclusions and recommendations (if applicable).
Details of theory, experimental data, computer programs, purchased materials, sources and suppliers
etc., must be included. Your report must be sufficiently complete that a student continuing your project
would benefit from your report and would not be required to duplicate any of your work.

Late Report Penalties: The report submission deadline is very strict. The main reason for this is to
prevent your project from interfering with your final exams. Please plan to write your report on an
ongoing basis as your work progresses through the term. Other courses will also entail submissions
and deadlines near the end of term so plan ahead to avoid difficulties. A report submitted after the
deadline but before the end of the examination period will result in a course grade of 32%. A report
submitted after the end of the examination period will result in a course grade of 0%. In accordance
with Examinations and Promotions Regulations, either grade must be cleared before the student can
proceed and will necessarily delay convocation by at least one term.

A ME 482 Course Evaluation Form is used to assign grades in three general categories, as explained
below. Achievement in each of these areas is critical to a successful project.

Project Goals & Achievements (20%): Supervisors will evaluate both the difficulty of the goals and
whether the goals were achieved. Although projects will differ, it is always extremely important to set
goals at the start of a project and work toward these goals. The project goals should be set in
collaboration with the supervisor and an effort should be made to establish a realistic scope for the
project while considering the fact that the student is faced with a firm project deadline. In some cases, it
may become apparent as the project progresses that the original goals need to be adjusted and a
modified set of goals must be set.

Final Report Quality & Content (40%): This is an evaluation of the quality of the final report based on
the report format, the clarity of communication and the analytical content. The quality expected in the
final report is roughly equal to work report standards.

Student Organization, Creativity & Effort (40%): This portion of the evaluation reflects the student's
performance, with emphasis on effort, organization, creativity and initiative.

Mechanical Engineering Professional Technical Support Staff
The Department of Mechanical Engineering has professional technical support staff whose education
and experience can be very beneficial in the design, construction, and execution of ME 482 projects.
These support personnel include:

       Jim Baleshta, BASc, MASc, PEng, E3-3103, ext. 36737,,
       is a Design Engineer and a ME 481 Coordinator with experience with a wide variety of design
       projects. He has done research-related design work for the Mechanical Engineering, Earth
       Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and the Kinesiology Depts. He is
       experienced in CAD: 2D and solids modelling, NC machining, and graphics design. Jim's
       interests are in the design of research apparatus, medical equipment development, consumer
       product design including outdoor recreational equipment, industrial design, graphics and fine art.
       Gord Hitchman, BASc, MASc, PEng, E3-3106, ext. 36961,,


        is a Research Engineer whose responsibilities include providing technical support for the
        Thermal-Fluids groups within the department. His experience includes LASER doppler
        velocimetry, particle image velocimetry, phase doppler anemometry, hot wire anemometry,
        LASER-induced fluorescence, and digital imaging. Gord also provides software and hardware
        support for data acquisition involving temperature, pressure and other measurements commonly
        made in thermal fluids research, including support in Visual Basic.

        Andy Barber, E3-2111B, ext. 32104,, is an Electronics
        Engineering Technologist who has experience in electronics, control and instrumentation. His
        experience includes temperature, force, load, and displacement transducers, motors and drives,
        signal conditioning, data acquisition, electronic instrumentation including oscilloscopes, signal
        generators, power supplies, amplifiers, and filters, electronic components, and circuit design
        including analog, digital, power control, and filter circuits.

                                         IMPORTANT DATES

    Task                                    Date                    Time
    Organizational Meeting (in RCH                                  11:30 am (after Welcome to
                                            Tuesday, Jan. 5th, 2010
    302)                                                            4B Talk)
    Project Registration Form due to
                                            Friday, Jan. 15th, 2010     Before 4:00 pm
    Lynn Crema, E2-2328A
    Applications Due for Connections                                    by email to:
                                            Friday, Jan. 15th, 2010
    Final Report due to Lynn Crema,
                                            Mon. April 5th              Before 4:00 pm

                                       IMPORTANT CONTACTS

                                              Professor David Weckman, E2-2330,
    ME 482 Coordinator:
                                              ext. 37200,
                                              Lynn Crema, E2-2328A, ext. 33625,
    ME Undergraduate Advisor:
                                              Donna Kellendonk, E2-2320, ext. 33343,
    MME Administrative Assistant:
                                              Professor N. Chandrashekar, E3-2115, ext. 38048,
    Biomechanics Option Coordinator:
                                              Professor E. Kubica, Sys. Des. Eng., E3-3169, ext.
    Mechatronics Option Coordinator:
                                              Professor L. Simon, Chem. Eng., DWE 2503,
    OCE Connections Coordinator:
                                              ext. 33301,
                                              Any professor in Mechanical & Mechatronics
    Project Supervisor:                       Engineering. Other Engineering professors with



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