During this unit students will work individually and collaboratively to develop broad skills in designing a range of machine elements using both mathematical and computer based methods. The unit will focus on the design of mechanical components as well as optimisation techniques which will include graphical optimisation, linear programming and will also introduce students to computer based techniques. Throughout the unit computer aided drawing (CAD) software will also be used to design and generate solid models of mechanical elements. The computation methods presented in the unit follow on from those introduced in the unit Introduction to Engineering Design and are included to provide students with skills in using design software which is often used in engineering practice.

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NEF1204 - Introduction to Engineering Design

NEF1205 - Engineering Fundamentals

NEC2102 - Solid Mechanics

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Apply fundamental mechanics and scientific skills to the design and selection of mechanical elements  
  2. Identify, formulate and solve engineering design problems in a systematic way  
  3. Create innovative solutions to complex engineering problems using relevant computer software  
  4. Select and justify the use of mathematical methods to optimise mechanical engineering designs  
  5. Adapt mechanical engineering design skills to solve authentic, 'real-world' problems taking into consideration relevant variables  


Assessment type Description Grade
Portfolio Mechanical Design Skills Portfolio: Includes regular homework submissions and a minor assignment on technical drawing 17.5%
Portfolio Design Optimisation Portfolio: Includes minor homework submissions and one minor written report. 17.5%
Test Tests (3) 65%

Required reading

Shigley's Mechanical Engineering Design 10th ed.
K. Nisbett & R. Budynas (2014)
McGraw Hill

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