Module Catalogues

Principle of mechanical design

Module Title Principle of mechanical design
Module Level Level 2
Module Credits 5.00
Academic Year 2021/22
Semester SEM1

Aims and Fit of Module

This course introduces students to modern mechanical design with the emphasis of machine elements and analyze 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, and so on. 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 Understand 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

This module will be delivered through a combination of formal lectures and tutorials. Two coursework will be assigned in Week 5 and 10, respectively.