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Machine Design Engineering
Consider all the ways machines have been designed and redesigned to help us realize achievements unheard of 60 years ago. Become a part of the next wave in the industrial revolution by devising new ways to increase machine power while efficiently and sustainably using the system you create. Apply your engineering education to invent, design, or improve the machines used by agriculture, heavy construction, industry and households. Develop equipment and processes to transport, handle and process farm products (such as grains, vegetables, fruits and animals) into food products for human and animal consumption. Put some power into your education with a focus on machine design!
Students can develop irrigation and drainage systems as well as apply water resources engineering tools to current water management challenges. There are many applications for this career field, and if you want to play a role in improving and protecting our food production and natural resources, this is the field of study for you!
Fundamentals of power systems for machines. Introduction to fluid power (hydraulics, pneumatics): pumps, motors, cylinders control devices and system design. Selection of electric motors as power sources, operating characteristics and circuits. Selection of internal combustion engines as power sources.
Design of machine elements. Definition, analysis, and solution of a design problem in agricultural engineering.
Analysis and design of instrumentation and controls for agricultural and biological production, management and processing. Theory of basic sensors and transducers, analog and digital electrical control circuits, and the interfacing of computers with instruments and controls. Emphasis on signal analysis and interpretation for improving system performance.
Analysis of the motions of linkage and cam mechanisms. Methods of design of linkage and cam mechanisms. Gear theory. Analysis and design of ordinary and planetary gear trains. Determination of static and dynamic forces in machines. Balancing of machines. Flywheel design. Dynamics of cam mechanisms. Vibration of machines.
Fundamental concepts of linear algebra from the point of view of matrix manipulation with emphasis on concepts that are most important in applications. Includes solving systems of linear equations, vector spaces, inner products, determinants, eigenvalues, similarity of matrices, and Jordan Canonical Form.
Unified treatment of the dynamics and control of engineering systems. Emphasis on physical aspects, formulation of mathematical models, application of various mathematical methods, and interpretation of results in terms of the synthesis and analysis of real systems.
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After completing a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering with an emphasis in Machine Design Engineering, many students will go on to have fulfilling careers in a variety of directions. Some of these include working in fields related to precision agriculture, sensors, control systems, and power and energy. Others will go on to design farm equipment or even improve tractor performance.