Design of Mechanisms and Machines (H7110)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

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

Teaching

77%: Lecture
23%: Seminar

Assessment

50%: Coursework (Project)
50%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 43 hours of contact time and about 107 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

Courses

This module is offered on the following courses: