# Problem 3.7 Engineering Curves

## Procedure:

Step-1 Draw a horizontal major axis of the length 140 mm and give the notations A & B as shown in the figure. And mark a midpoint O on it.

Step-2 Draw a vertical axis, perpendicular to the horizontal axis & passing through the point O; of the length equal to the length of minor axis, which is 100 mm and give the notations C & D as shown in the figure.

Step-3 With the center C or D and length equal to the half of the length of major axis; which is 70 mm; cut the major axis on two sides of the minor axis and give the notations F1& F2 respectively as shown in the figure. These are the focal points of the ellipse.

Step-4 Then make a rectangle of the sides 140 mm X 100 mm, passing through the end points of the major and minor axes i.e., ABCD, as shown in the figure

Step-5 Divide the major axis AB into 10 equal divisions and give the notations as 1’, 2’, 3’ etc. as shown in the figure. And also divide the upper half of the two vertical lines passing through the point A & B, into 5 equal divisions and give the notations as 1,2,3,4 etc. as shown in the figure.

Step-6 Now set all the points 1,2,3,4 etc. at the point C with straight lines. And from the point D draw straight lines such that the lines should start form the point D-should pass through the points 1’, 2’, 3’ etc. and intersect to the lines C1, C2, C3 etc. respectively, as shown in the figure. And give the notations as P1, P2, P3 etc. respectively as shown in the figure.

Step-7 Draw a smooth free hand medium dark curve passing through the points P1, P2, P3 etc. as shown in the figure on both sides of the major axis; in sequence, so the resulting curve is the ellipse.

Step-8 Now mark a point anywhere on the ellipse; i.e., the point M, and connect this point with the focal points F1& F2 with straight lines. Then bisect the angle F1MF2 and draw a line of suitable length and give the notations N – N’ as shown in the figure. This is normal passing through the point M on the ellipse. Then draw a line which is tangent to the previously draw normal and give the notations T-T’, this is tangent passing through the point M on ellipse.

Step-9 Give the dimensions by any one method of dimensions and give the name of the components by leader lines wherever necessary.

## Author: Vasim Machhar

An Engineering Drawing Geek. Working at Noble Group of Institutions, Junagadh as Head of Mechanical Engineering Department.