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Welcome to the 2014 Fall term of MAE 3323: Mechanical Design I. My name is Dr. Joe Conner and I will be your
instructor this semester. I am looking forward to a great semester, as we are planning on presenting and teaching you
material that will allow you to build upon engineering design skills learned in previous classes such as; advanced
beam theory, multi-cell torsional loads and Castigliano's theory.
Course Description
The course will build upon the background developed in Statics (ENGSC 2112) and Strength of Materials
(ENGSC 2142). Coverage in this course should cover but is not limited to the following; free body diagrams,
both dynamic and static loadings, singularity function method, symmetrical/non-symmetrical straight beam
bending, curved beam bending, advanced shear stresses in beams, multi-cell torsional loads, stress
concentrations, thick pressurized vessels, Castigliano's theory, statically indeterminate structures, deflections of
structures, beam buckling, failure theories and fatigue. Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:
• Analyze stress and strain in a multi-element structure.
• Be able to analyze non-symmetrical beam sections
• Understanding of multi-cell torsional effects
• Understand the effects of curved beams on loads and strains.
• Solve statically indeterminate structures.
• Evaluate beams for buckling loads
• Understand the different failure theories and how to apply them.
• Awareness of the effects of fatigue on performance of beam elements
• Solve intermediate, open-ended mechanical design problems

We will have two 75 minute lectures every week that can be attended either in person or virtually using Lync. Class
lectures will generally be devoted to presentation of new material. Some lecture time will be also used to address
questions and discuss practice problems that were assigned to reinforce new concepts introduced in previous lectures.
Attendance to class is required and as such, students are expected to come to class on time and turn off their cell
phones ringers before the start of class. Student participation in class is encouraged to maximize the learning
opportunity. Come prepared and actively participate in the discussion and learning process. Be courteous to the fellow
students and the instructor during classroom discussions. It is recommended that you put in at least 3 hours of study
per hour you spend in class. It has been found that the students who put in this amount of time on reports and studies,
tend to receive the higher grades in the class. You may have note that homework is not worth a large part of your
grade, however it will be used as the bases for in-class discussions/problems, quizzes, and exams. In order to do well
in the course overall you will need to fully understand the solution and method(s) required to solve homework

Instructors: Dr. Joe Conner
Course Number: MAE 3323 Office Phone: (405)744-5900
Class Meetings: TR 09:00-10:15 AM (CDT)
Agricultural Hall 101
School of Mechanical
and Aerospace Engineering
Required Textbooks:
 R. G. Budynas and K. J. Nisbett (2010),Shigley's Mechanical Engineering Design, 9th Edition, McGraw-Hill,
ISBN 0073529281
 A.P. Boresi, R. J. Schmidt(2003), Advanced Mechanics of Materials (6th Edition , John Wiley & Sons.
 Megson, T. H. G. (2010). Introduction to Aircraft Structural Analysis. Elsevier.

Class Requirements:
The course will build upon the background developed in Statics (ENGSC 2112) and Strength of Materials (ENGSC
2142). The major skills that you will need to understand from these courses are:
1. Free Body Diagrams
2. Reaction Types
3. Cross sectional properties both composite and homogenous; centroid and moment of inertia
4. Relationship between Force, Shear, and Moment
5. Internal forces and deformation in beams and frames
6. Concepts of stress, strain and their relationships
7. Axial, bending, torsion, shear loads and their combinations
8. Stress transformation; Mohr’s circle

In addition to successfully complete these courses, you are expected to have a basic level of computer skills,
including file management and use of Microsoft Office applications, have a basic level of skill at using the Internet
to find information and communicate, and finally an understanding of how to use D2L for communicate and file
drop offs.
Getting Started
First, you will want to access the course in Desire2Learn (D2L). This can be done via the OSU student portal, The course should be listed in under “My Courses.” This is where you will find a copy of all
assessments that will be due this term. You should log-on before the start of the term to make sure you have access.
One of the first things you should do is read over the syllabus and make sure you understand it, as there will be a
syllabus quiz within the first week of class.
Contacting Us
The best way to contact me is by email using the subject heading of MAE 3323. I will do my utmost to respond to
your questions within twenty-four (24) business hours.