Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module builds upon the fundamentals of mechanical design as taught in ES2A8 – Engineering Design. The module provides a systematic approach to the design of mechanical systems such as engine transmissions, and explores theoretical models of common machine elements for use in making strategic decisions about their arrangement. The module will run across terms 1, 2, and 3..

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to... • Determine a suitable specification to progress a design. • Choose appropriate assemblies and configurations of machine components for purpose. • Select appropriate types of machine components for particular conditions of use. • Use theoretical models of behaviour to decide the key dimensions and material choices for machine components. • Analyse the effects of uncertainty in design. • Consider the effect of safety factors in the design. • Use modern CAD analysis and optimisation tools to develop robust designs of machine elements and assemblies. • Manage a complex design task at the product, sub-assembly and component levels of detail, giving due regard to the uncertainties of analytical and numerical models. • Make judgements of the accuracy of analytical and numerical models of machine elements. • Select analytical or numerical models of precision appropriate to the progressive stages of a machine design’s evolution. • Critique a design using methods such as Failure Modes and Effects Analysis and identify workable improvements.

Timetabled teaching activities

Lectures : 10 x 1 hours Design and build Seminars : 7 x 2 hours FMEA Laboratory : 1 x 3 hours CAD Surgery (CAD lab) : 1 x 2 hrs Total 29 hours

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Other essential notes

Advice and feedback hours are available for answering questions on the lecture material and past examination questions

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ES3C2-15)
A (Assessed work only) Individual design study (10 pages) 20%
  Individual DFMEA lab report (10 pages) 20%
  Group project prototype poster including peer assessment 10%
  Group project design portfolio including peer assessment 50%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year) visiting 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

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