Module Catalogues

Principle of Mechanical Design

Module Title Principle of Mechanical Design
Module Level Level 2
Module Credits 5.00

Aims and Fit of Module

This module aims to introduce students to modern mechanical design with the emphasis of machine elements, and analyses these elements based upon extensive application of physics, mathematics and core mechanical engineering principles, including solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, and manufacturing. The student will learn major machine elements such as bearings, springs, gears,. The student will learn recommendations to make designs more economical, to simplify processes, and to minimize energy use and environmental impact. A project is an integral part of this course and exposes the student to various mechanical design processes and practices.

Learning outcomes

A	Demonstrate understanding of the structure of materials effects the mechanical properties of those materials
B	Model failure mechanisms in shafts and beams, and calculate fatigue life of mechanical systems
C	Design shafts and shaft couplings, and select appropriate bearings for a mechanical system
D	Analyze the lifetime of a sliding and rolling bearing elements
E	Design, model, and analyze gearing systems, lead screws, belt drives, and springs

Method of teaching and learning

The teaching philosophy of the module follows very much the philosophy of Syntegrative Education. This has meant that the teaching delivery pattern, which follows more intensive block teaching, allows more meaningful contribution from industry partners. This philosophy is carried through also in terms of assessment, with reduction on the use of exams and increase in coursework, especially problem-based assessments that are project focused. The delivery pattern provides space in the semester for students to concentrate on completing the assessments.
This module will be delivered through a combination of formal lectures, seminars and tutorials.