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Design Theory and Methods using CAD/CAE

Book Description

This is the fourth part of a four part series, which aims at integrating discussion of modern engineering design principles, advanced design tools, and industrial design practices throughout the design process. comprises the first book to integrate discussion of computer design tools throughout the design process.  Through this book series the reader will

  • Understand basic design principles and all digital modern engineering design paradigms
  • Understand CAD/CAE/CAM tools available for various design related tasks
  • Understand how to put an integrated system together to conduct All Digital Design (ADD)product design using the paradigms and tools
  • Understand industrial practices in employing ADD virtual engineering design and tools for product development


  • Provide a comprehensive and thorough coverage on essential elements for practicing all-digital design (ADD)
  • Cover CAD, CAE (structural, kinematics and dynamics), reliability, manufacturing, cost estimates and rapid prototyping systems for support of design decision-making based on quantitative evidences
  • Discuss CAD/CAE/CAM/RP/CNC tools and data integration for support of the ADD
  • Review off-the-shelf tools for support of modeling, simulations, manufacturing, and product data management
  • Use very simple examples to illustrate concepts and principles that will provide readers with fundamental understanding on various subjects introduced
  • Use industrial examples, such as automotives, to illustrate the practical use of the ADD paradigm and tools.
  • Provide tutorial type projects on using major CAD/CAE/CAM tools for readers to exercise the design examples and gain hands-on experience

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedications
  6. Preface
  7. About the Author
  8. About the Cover Page
  9. Acknowledgment
  10. Chapter 1. Introduction to e-Design
    1. 1.1. Introduction
    2. 1.2. The e-Design Paradigm
    3. 1.3. Virtual Prototyping
    4. 1.4. Physical Prototyping
    5. 1.5. Example: Simple Airplane Engine
    6. 1.6. Example: High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle
    7. 1.7. Summary
    8. Questions and Exercises
  11. Chapter 2. Decisions in Engineering Design
    1. 2.1. Introduction
    2. 2.2. Conventional Methods
    3. 2.3. Basics of Decision Theory
    4. 2.4. Utility Theory
    5. 2.5. Game Theory
    6. 2.6. Design Examples
    7. 2.7. Summary
    8. Appendix A. MATLAB Scripts
    9. Questions and Exercises
  12. Chapter 3. Design Optimization
    1. 3.1. Introduction
    2. 3.2. Optimization Problems
    3. 3.3. Optimality Conditions
    4. 3.4. Graphical Solutions
    5. 3.5. Gradient-Based Approach
    6. 3.6. Constrained Problems
    7. 3.7. Non-Gradient Approach
    8. 3.8. Practical Engineering Problems
    9. 3.9. Optimization Software
    10. 3.10. Case Studies
    11. 3.11. Tutorial Example: Simple Cantilever Beam
    12. 3.12. Summary
    13. Appendix A. MATLAB Scripts
  13. Chapter 4. Structural Design Sensitivity Analysis
    1. 4.1. Introduction
    2. 4.2. Simple Bar Example
    3. 4.3. Sensitivity Analysis Methods
    4. 4.4. Sizing and Material Designs
    5. 4.5. Shape Sensitivity Analysis
    6. 4.6. Topology Optimization
    7. 4.7. Case Studies
    8. 4.8. Summary
    9. Questions and Exercises
  14. Chapter 5. Multiobjective Optimization and Advanced Topics
    1. 5.1. Introduction
    2. 5.2. Basic Concept
    3. 5.3. Solution Techniques
    4. 5.4. Decision-Based Design
    5. 5.5. Software Tools
    6. 5.6. Advanced Topics
    7. 5.7. Summary
    8. Appendix A. MATLAB Scripts
    9. Questions and Exercises
  15. Project S5. Design with SolidWorks
    1. S5.1. Introduction to Design Optimization in SolidWorks
    2. S5.2. Cantilever Beam
    3. S5.3. Single-Piston Engine
    4. Appendix A. Creating the Machining Model in CAMWorks
    5. Questions and Exercises
  16. Project P5. Design with Pro/ENGINEER
    1. P5.1. Introduction to Design Optimization in Pro/ENGINEER
    2. P5.2. Cantilever Beam
    3. P5.3. Single-Piston Engine
    4. Question and Exercises
  17. Index