“Machine Design Part I” is the first course in an in-depth three course series of “Machine Design.” The “Machine Design” Coursera series covers fundamental mechanical design topics, such as static and fatigue failure theories, the analysis of shafts, fasteners, and gears, and the design of mechanical systems such as gearboxes. Throughout this series of courses we will examine a number of exciting design case studies, including the material selection of a total hip implant, the design and testing of the wing on the 777 aircraft, and the impact of dynamic loads on the design of an bolted pressure vessel.
In this first course, you will learn robust analysis techniques to predict and validate design performance and life. We will start by reviewing critical material properties in design, such as stress, strength, and the coefficient of thermal expansion. We then transition into static failure theories such as von Mises theory, which can be utilized to prevent failure in static loading applications such as the beams in bridges. Finally, we will learn fatigue failure criteria for designs with dynamic loads, such as the input shaft in the transmission of a car.

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Fatigue Failure - Part II

In this last week of the course, we will cover the fatigue failure criteria for fluctuating and randomly varying stresses, including key concepts such as the Modified Goodman line and Miner’s Rule. This week be sure to complete worksheets 13 and 14 as well as Quiz 4 “Fluctuating Fatigue and Miner’s Rule.” Finally, take Quiz 5, “The Comprehensive Quiz”, which will measure your overall knowledge of this course.