Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology

MECH 3550 Simulation and Visualization


Daniel Swanson, Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology

Course Description:

Introduce students to important aspects of a simulation study, and use of computer tools to visualize simulation model.  Topics include simulation basics, planning, data collection and analysis, model building, model verification and validation, output analysis, experimental design, visualization technique.

3 course credits, 2 class hours, and 2 lab hours


MAT 1475

Required Software:



Remote Computer Lab Access:

Course Objectives:

  1. Students apply knowledge of mechanical engineering, physics, and mathematics to the simulation and visualization of systems in the field of manufacturing, fluid mechanics, vibration, and control.
  2. Students will work in teams to generate computing models using simulation and visualization software and conduct analysis on these models.
  3. Students will develop skills in using visualization tools to verify design intent. Students will demonstrate skills in validating and refining simulation models to achieve desired outcome.
Course addresses ABET student outcomes:  3a, 3b, 3c, 3e, 3k, and PC-1 

-50% Lab Projects

-25% Midterm Exam

-25% Final Exam

Week Content Lab
1 Overview of Simulation and Visualization                                                                                        Create a simple model using Solidworks and Matlab
2 Build Simple Simulation Models                                                                                    Create a Simple system using Matlab
3 Modeling Complex Systems Create a Complex system using Matlab
4 Building valid, credible and appropriate detailed simulation models Creating simulation models using week 4 design criteria
5 Output Data Analysis Creating simulation models using week 5 design criteria
6 Comparing Alternative System Configurations Creating simulation models to meet various design criteria
7 Simulation of Control and Manufacturing Systems                                                                                          Creating a Complex Control System
8 Midterm
9 Vibration Simulation using Solidworks Create a Vibration Simulation Model
10 SimulationXpress using Solidworks Create a Vibration Report using SimulationXpress

 Flow Simulation using Solidworks


Create a Flow Simulation

12 Flow Simulation using Solidworks FloXpress


Create a FloXpress Report
13 Heat Transfer Simulation using Solidworks Create a Heat Transfer Simulation
14 Sustainability using Solidworks


Create a Sustainability Report
15 Cost Analysis Using Solidworks Create a Cost Analysis Using Solidworks
16 Final Exam


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