FTE-14806 CAD and Mechanics


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Excursion (one day)8
Course coordinator(s)dr. RJC van Ooteghem
Lecturer(s)dr. RJC van Ooteghem
ing. SK Blaauw
Examiner(s)dr. RJC van Ooteghem

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In this course you are introduced to the topics stress and strain and the relation between them. You learn how forces can deform objects or otherwise can have an effect on the motion of objects. In addition you learn the basic principles of computer-aided design (CAD). It starts with making sketches of simple technical objects and continues with the learning of a 3D modelling program (AutoDesk Inventor). In this program, parts of technical systems are modelled and technical drawings produced. Finally, calculations on mechanical stress will be done.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- construct a free body diagram;
- draw a shear and moment diagram;
- calculate the deformation of a structural member;
- calculate the effect of forces on motion of objects;
- calculate the size of a structural member given design constraints;
- make technical drawings;
- model parts of objects in a CAD system.


Tutorials, practicals and two excursions.


The examination consist of two parts:
- CAD: weekly assignments (50 %);
- Mechanics: written closed book exam (50 %);
For a pass a grade of 5.50 or higher is required for each of the two parts.


Reader for Mechanics, reader for CAD.

Compulsory for: BATBiosystems EngineeringBSc6AF