Module Title:   Mechanisms for Design

Module Credit:   10

Module Code:   ENG2310M

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 5

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Engineering

Related Department/Subject Area:   School of Engineering

Principal Co-ordinator:   Dr H. S. Qi

Additional Tutor(s):   -

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

The aim of this module is to introduce the basic theoretical principles which underpin the kinematics of mechanisms and to show how analytical and CAE simulation techniques are used in the design of mechanisms.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Concepts are introduced using formal lectures. Deeper understanding is developed during examples and software-based classes. Practical aspects are introduced in the tutorial classes, using a demonstration of motion of mechanisms by the use of a Simple Mechanisms Kit, involving group work. Oral feedback is given during problems classes and after the in-class-tests. Written assessment combines in-class-tests and report on group work, with calculation work and work with CAE to address all the specified learning outcomes.

Lectures:   14.00          Directed Study:   62.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   22.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   0.00          Formal Exams:   2.00          Total:   100.00

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

1.1 Analyse the design of mechanisms via the use of computer-based simulation.

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

2.1 Solve mechanism problems using analytical and graphical methods as well as CAE tools.

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

3.1 Use the scientific method.
3.2 Interpret static and dynamic data.
3.3 Solve problems systematically and creatively.

  Coursework   70%
  Group report (equivalent 2000 words per student)
  Classroom test 2.00 30%
  In class open-book test 2 hours
  Coursework   100%
  Supplementary assessment: Individual report (report 2000 words)

Outline Syllabus:
(1) Virtual design methods. (2) Basic Kinematics used in mechanism design and simulation: speed; acceleration; vector/scalar quantities; units. (3) Basic Kinetics used in mechanism design and simulation: mass; gravity; weight; force; torque; power; motor; actuator; Newton`s law. (4) Basic concepts in modelling of mechanisms: joints (sliding, revolute, spherical, etc); constraints (springs, dampers) (5) Material properties in mechanisms. (6)Typical mechanism and machine components: Wedge and screw thread; Disc Friction; belts and belt drives; machine gears. (7) Use of mechanism simulation software in the design process.

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