Computer-Aided Engineering Design

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Computer-Aided Engineering Design

A new discipline is said to attain maturity when the subject matter takes the shape of a textbook. Several textbooks later, the discipline tends to acquire a firm place in the curriculum for teaching and learning.

Computer-Aided Engineering Design (CAED), barely three decades old, is interdisciplinary in nature whose boundaries are still expanding. However, it draws its core strength from several acknowledged and diverse areas such as computer graphics, differential geometry, Boolean algebra, computational geometry, topological spaces, numerical analysis, mechanics of solids, engineering design, and a few others.

CAED also needs to show its strong linkages with Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM). As is true with any growing discipline, the literature is widespread in research journals, edited books, and conference proceedings. Various textbooks have appeared with different biases, like geometric modeling, computer graphics, and CAD/CAM over the last decade.

This book goes into mathematical foundations and the core subjects of CAED without allowing itself to be overshadowed by computer graphics. It is written in a logical and thorough manner for use mainly by senior and graduate-level students as well as users and developers of CAD software.

The book covers

  • (a) The fundamental concepts of geometric modeling so that a real understanding of designing synthetic surfaces and solid modeling can be achieved.
  • (b) A wide spectrum of CAED topics such as CAD of linkages and machine elements, finite element analysis, optimization.
  • (c) Application of these methods to real-world problems.

This book should be used by the educators as follows:

Students from a variety of majors, e.g., mechanical engineering, computer science and engineering, aeronautical and civil engineering and mathematics are likely to credit this course. Also, students may study CAD at primarily graduate and senior undergraduate levels. Geometric modeling of curves, surfaces and solids may be relevant to all while finite element analysis and optimization may be of interest of mechanical, aeronautical and civil engineering. Discretion of the instructor may be required to cover the combination of topics for a group of students. Considering a semester course of 40 contact hours, a broad breakup of topics is suggested as follows:

  • • 1st hour: Introduction to computer aided design
  • • 3 hours: Transformations and projections
  • • 15 hours: Free-form curve design
  • • 9 hours: Surface patch modeling
  • • 6 hours: Solid modeling

The remaining 6 hours may be assigned as follows: for students belonging to mechanical, aeronautical and civil engineering, reverse engineering, finite element method and optimization may be introduced and for those in computer science and engineering and mathematics, computational geometry and optimization may be emphasized.

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