Module Title:   Machine Design

Module Credit:   10

Module Code:   ENG2070M

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 2

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 5

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Engineering

Related Department/Subject Area:   Engineering: Design & Product Development (not in use)

Principal Co-ordinator:   TBA

Additional Tutor(s):   Dr L Mulvaney-Johnson

Prerequisite(s):   ENG1058L

Corequisite(s):   None

To provide a broad working knowledge and understanding of a range of mechanical, physical and technological principles necessary for the generation and development of realisable solutions of mechanical design problems.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
A series of lectures will be punctuated with practical sessions designed to develop a deeper understanding of the topic and how it is applied to functional product design. The module will be assessed through a coursework testing understanding, knowledge and application through the utilisation of a basic calculation tool (e.g. Microsoft Excel) to analyse a simple system or mechanism. A closed book examination will further test knowledge and application.

Lectures:   12.00          Directed Study:   62.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   12.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   12.00          Formal Exams:   2.00          Total:   100.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

1.1 apply technical knowledge of mechanism design to develop solutions to achieve design requirements

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

2.1 Analyse simple design problems. 2.2 Examine technical aspects of machine design. 3.3 Use graphical and numerical techniques to aid analysis and testing

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...


  Examination - closed book 1.50 70%
  Examination - closed book
  Coursework   30%
  Coursework assignment 1000 words or equivalent

Outline Syllabus:
Machine design is an important, complex and difficult aspect of product design. It is however, imperative that designers have the ability to solve simple problems themselves and be able to communicate the parameters of more complex problems to specialists. A basic and fundamental approach should be adopted because a designer needs to make simple, rapid, informed and educated decisions about technical matters without wasting valuable time or interrupting the creative flow by referring to text books and other research material. With continued practice, students will begin to see how an understanding of basic science fundamentals can help in generating ideas and proving the solution.

The module content will be based around the analysis of static systems (vectors, forces, moments, equilibrium) including stability, elementary stress analysis and buckling. Analysis of dynamic mechanisms, projectiles (kinematics), and mechanical energy storage (e.g. spring). Power and energy demand from applications that translate to mechanical design (e.g. battery capacity and power) and consideration of efficiency. Mechanisms will typically include lead-screws and cams (rotary to linear motion), rack and pinion (linear to rotary motion or vice versa), gearing, motorised and basic pneumatic / hydraulic motion control and braking (friction).

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