Engineering and design

Design of Mechanisms and Machines

Module code: H7110
Level 6
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework

This module covers the principles of design of machine components commonly used in mechanical engineering applications. It emphasises the role of statics, stress analysis, and materials choice in the design process.

The main types of mechanical components failure - as well as methods of prevention or prediction of such failures - are also covered.

The main aims of the module are:

  • to help you understand how stress and strain affect design of mechanical components
  • place mechanical design in the context of manufacturing processes
  • make you aware of failure, reliability and safety issues and the implications on costs of mechanical components
  • make you aware of how efficiency of machine components and environmental problems can be approached at the design stage

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the role and functionality of various machine components such us gears, bearings, cams, flywheels, clutches, etc
  • Deploy established techniques of stress analysis in the design machine components such as shafts, bolts, gears, bearings
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the main types pf lubrication mechanisms and how these are used to prevent/delay failure of machine components
  • Evaluate failure modes and distinguish between catastrophic, fatigue and wear failures of machine components