The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


By completing this course, students' capability in the use of computer aided engineering software for solids and surface modelling, computer aided manufacturing and computation fluid mechanics will be significantly enhanced. Students will gain some familiarity with the broader concepts of rapid and CNC machine based prototyping.

This course is strongly recommended if you are considering or engaged with the Formula SAE team.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Model a range of complex geometries

2. Explain the file relationships between parts and assemblies

3. Generate machining strategies and toolpaths from solid models

4. Generate geometry suitable for CFD and other analysis

5. Undertake CFD analysis of engineering systems

6. Effectively communicate results and findings


  1. Exposure to Computation Fluid Dynamics Software and Modelling
  2. Advanced solids modelling, assemblies, and surface modelling
  3. Essentials of Numerical Control


CALLAGHAN CAMPUS ONLY: Due to resource limitations, enrolment into MECH4580 will be capped at 30 students with a priority system being used to determine which students are allowed to enrol. Outside enrolment will be blocked to ensure the priority system is utilised and capping ensured.

Priority system:

1st Priority: students who are active within the NURacing Formula SAE Team;

2nd Priority: prospective project students intending to use Computation Fluid Dynamics or Advanced Solids Modelling as part of their project;

3rd Priority: students who will have graduated before the next MECH4580 offering;

4th Priority: any other student.

Students are to submit expressions of interest for a position in MECH4580.

Assumed knowledge

MECH2110 Mechanical Engineering Design 1 (That is - Core concepts of computer solids modelling)

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Hook Modelling

Written Assignment: CFD Assignment

Written Assignment: Computer Aided Manufacturing Assignment

Quiz: In Class Exam

Project: Major Project (including oral presentation and portfolio)

Contact hours


Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term