URI Mechanical Engineering Projects -- Statics

Engineering Academy of Southern New England
University of Rhode Island -- Mechanical Engineering Projects


MCE 262 - Statics (formerly MCE 162) is a course designed to introduce engineering students to engineering mechanics. It is a required course for mechanical engineering students to be taken first semester of their sophomore year. The course outline includes the following topics:

The text for this course is Engineering Mechanics - Statics, A. Bedford and W. Fowler, Addison-Wesley, 1995

Nearly all of the problems traditionally studied in Statics courses can also be solved using the simulation software, Working Model. In fact, the text by Bedford and Fowler includes Working Model simulations of many of the homework problems. Although Working Model solves and animates the dynamic equations of motion, static problems are easily modeled either through slow application of loads (giving quasi-static conditions) or through the use of damping or wind resistance to allow the dynamic solution to decay into the static solution. Observing how general dynamic problems degenerate into static equilibrium problems helps students appreciate when static load analysis is applicable.

Four modules were developed and classroom tested during the 1995-96 academic year. These modules illustrate how Working Model can be used as a virtual prototyping tool as part of the product development process. The assignment handouts which are distributed to the students are:

  1. Design of a Suspended Traffic Signal Subjected to Wind Loads
  2. Design of a Suspension Bridge
  3. Reverse Engineering and Design of a Truss Bridge
  4. Reverse Engineering of a Stapler

send any comments to Dr. David Taggart (taggart@egr.uri.edu) or Dr. Richard Lessmann (lessmann@egr.uri.edu)