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Design Tips for Weldments (1 credit hours)
This course is an analysis and overview of the basic design methods employed to design weldments used in many kinds of machinery and structural applications.  Weldments useful applications, advantages and disadvantages are discussed.  Considerations of factors that affect fatigue life of machine parts is explored.  Included in this course are descriptions of the most common causes of fatigue failures and how to avoid them.  This course discusses the use of weldments versus forgings and castings.  Cost control measures are presented by illustrated examples.
James Thompson
Students will learn about
       The several common welding processes
       Why we should use weldments
       Replacing a casting by a weldment
       Design details that affect ease of manufacturing
       How welding defects reduce fatigue life
       When a forging or casting is a better choice than a weldment
       Cost reduction techniques
       Stress and vibration in weldments
       Weld joint design for long fatigue life

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