Instructor:     Asst.Prof.Dr.Turgut AKYÜREK


        Office: LA18

        Office Telephone: 2331303

Lecture Hours:    Friday 11:20–12:10 @M102, Friday 14:40–15:30 @MA02

Design Review/Workshop Hours: Friday 13:20-17:10

Office Hours:    Friday 09:20-10:10. Appointments are accepted.

Web site:

Course Description: This course is a project based synthesis of the methods of Mechanical Engineering covered in other courses. Teams of students and professors work on real-world projects sponsored by industry to develop implementable solutions. The problem can be design of a thermal or mechanical system. Teams deal with the design of the system defined by the specifications.  Detail analysis of the design will be carried out.

Course Objectives:

The student will 

  1. Define a mechanical engineering problem,
  2. Generate concepts, evaluate them and select the best concept,
  3. Make the embodiment (preliminary) design,
  4. Make the detail design using theoretical knowledge introduced in the previous courses, covering also materials and design for manufacturability aspects. 

Course Material: Text Books are: 

Engineering Design, 5th Edition Dieter, Schmidt, McGraw-Hill, 2013, ISBN 978-0-07-132625-4.”

The Mechanical Design Process, 4th Edition Ullman, McGraw-Hill, 2010, ISBN 978-0-07-297574-1.” 

Lecture notes are to be provided via the web site of the course (possibly before the lecture hour) as pdf files. These files will include PowerPoint slides presented in the class. Templates of the reports  will be posted on course’s web site at the beginning of each report. It is strictly recommended that the students review the templates and fill in them in parallel with the lectures.

Teaching Policy: Supervisors must visit the firm together with the students and meet at least one hour with the students at every week. The progress of the project is presented with a poster at a time scheduled by the course coordinator. At the end of the semester, the teams should explain the design with an oral presentation and submit a report showing the details of the design. 

Examinations: There will be 1 final examination, 6 project reports, 1 virtual reality mock-up model, 1 oral presentation and 1 poster and demo session. 

Assignments: There will be 6 project report. They will be filled in using the templates provided at the web site of the course.

Attendance: According to the university regulations, students must attend at least 70 % of the lecture hours. Otherwise, the student gets NA (Not attended) from the course. Valid excuses are exempt from computation of these percentages. 

Apart from the university regulations, it is of student’s benefit to attend all of the lecture hours. 

Grading: Overall final grade will be over 1050 points. Weight of each grading item will be as below. Quiz question will be from the related homework.

    Final exam grade over 150

    Project reports grade over 300

    Virtual reality mock-up model over 150

    Interim presentation over 100

    Design performance over 400

    Extraordinary effort bonus over 100

    Member cross assessment over 50

+ Attendance over 50 (for >70%)

    Final grade over 1300

All the announcements, including the examination and presentation dates will be posted on the course web site.

Catalogue values given below will be used in the assessment of the grades.

Lower Limit Upper Limit Grade
90 100 AA
85 90 BA
80 85 BB
70 80 CB
60 70 CC
50 60 DC
45 50 DD
35 45 FD
0 35 FF

Tentative weekly course schedule:



Workshop/Design Review




L0-Overview of Product Design Process

Announcement of Projects and Project Groups

Projects, Project Groups



L1-Problem Definition and Gathering Information

Literature survey


S1-Patents and Intellectual Property Rights



Determination of design specifications, discussion

R1-Literature Survey Report



L2-Project Planning and Management

Determination of design specifications, discussion

R2-Problem Definition and Design Specifications Report



L3-Concept Generation

Project Planning and Management

R3-Project Planning and Management Report



L4-Concept Evaluation






Conceptual Design, group specific discussion


S2-Electrical Motors and Selection


L5-Embodiment&Detail Design

Conceptual Design, group specific discussion

R4-Conceptual Design Report



L6-Aspects of Quality, Failure Analysis and Reliability

Revised R2 and R3

R2 Revised

R3 Revised



L7-Design Optimization

Design for manufacturability Material and process selection




L8-Economic Decision Making and Cost Evaluation

Detailed design calculations





Virtual Reality Mockup Presentation

R5-Detailed Design Report




Project deliverables


S3-Occupational Health and Safety



Project deliverables

IR-Project Interim Report