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BEng Mechanical Engineering / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
Design 1 (Mechanical)
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
The core activity of the Design 1 unit is the Design, Make and Test (DMT) project, in which the students, working in groups of 4, have to design a wooden car that has to travel up an inclined track of 5 metres length. The students are given a list of components, from which they can select ("buy") items they use for their car (e.g. axles, gear box and gear wheels, brackets, bearings, screws, etc), a 3-plywood sheet, from which they have to make the car's chassis, and a selection of 3-plywood wheels of various sizes.
This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 20/21 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact. Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates
This unit aims for students to acquire knowledge, develop an understanding and apply skills related to fundamental aspects of mechanical engineering design via a Design, Make and Test (DMT) project, being supported by a series of lectures.
Syllabus: delivered through a number of lectures
1. Elements of general mechanical engineering design: screws, gears, bearings, etc.
2. Engineering considerations in designing the model car.
3. Calculations related to gears and gear ratios, friction losses.
4. The use of Gantt charts.
5. Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA).
6. Engineering drawing.
Knowledge and understanding
|Practical skills assessment||40%|
Written report - Marked reports are returned in week 12, with written feedback. Oral feedback on the work is given throughout the semester (during consultation and make sessions).
Practical demonstration - Feedback is provided during various practical sessions.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||6|
|Independent study hours|
|Robert Heinemann||Unit coordinator|