You will develop further design skills and commercial awareness in year two. There are several design projects throughout the year, complemented by modules in the areas of design techniques, manufacturing, ergonomics and business.
At the end of year two, you can opt to switch to the four-year MEng degree provided that you have obtained at least 55 percent in the end of year assessment. Alternatively, you can choose to remain on the three-year BEng degree.
During year two, you will also have a unique opportunity to see your academic subject from a different perspective by studying abroad in China or Malaysia. As well as starting an international network of contacts, you will discover new strengths and abilities – helping to enhance your future employment prospects.
Materials in Design
This module seeks to develop an understanding of materials in design across a wide range of engineering applications. The module is arranged in 4 blocks covering designing with light alloys, polymers, composites, and functional materials. This covers important functional ceramics as well as other functional materials. Each block will explore the design requirements in detail of a particular case study followed by other examples, key material properties relevant to the engineering application, manipulation of the microstructure through processing and example calculations against failure of the product/component. This module will explore:
- Material Attributes
- Engineering Context
- Manufacturing of Material
- Production Processes
- Environmental Impact
Advanced Mathematics and Statistics for Mechanical Engineers
An aim of this module is that students understand fundamental concepts of complex numbers, in particular to apply them to solutions of polynomial equations.
In addition the course supports them to understand, apply and manipulate standard techniques for solving important classes of ordinary differential equations and the calculus relevant to analysing core engineering models.
Fundamental concepts for solving partial differential equations relevant to modelling of thermodynamic, fluid or elastic problems are introduced and illustrated by obtaining fundamental solutions using techniques developed within the module. The statistics element of the module provides an introduction to probability and statistics, and guides students to apply statistical methods to the analysis of experimental data.
The topic list typically includes:
- Complex numbers
- Homogeneous and inhomogeneous second-order ODEs
- Fourier series and their application to ODEs
- Laplace transform and its application to ODEs
- Separation of Variable Technique for PDEs
- Discrete and continuous probability distribution
- Design of experiments
- Variance and error analysis
Design, Manufacture and Project
This module will introduce design methodology through the entire design cycle from establishing users' needs and generating creative concepts to developing fabricable engineered solutions.
You will develop knowledge of machine elements and mechanical systems and develop enhanced skills in communicating effectively in a team environment and operating machine tools for manufacturing and testing of design.
Dynamics and Control
This module aims to introduce concepts of rigid body dynamics, vibrations and feedback control, and develop the student's ability to analyse these aspects in simplified engineering situations.
Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 2
In this module you will apply concepts and principles of thermofluids to fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer situations in simplified applied situations.
Mechanics of Solids
The aim of this module is to introduce more advanced topics in linear elastic solid mechanics, plasticity and failure, introduce relevant analysis methods for this materials behaviour and demonstrate the application of these methods to the design of engineering components.
Engineering Management 1
To introduce students to the principles of modern Engineering Management, how projects are selected and financially evaluated, how sustainability is assessed and lifecycle assents are constructed, how health safety and ethics are maintained, and the construction and monitoring of the elements of an engineering or business programme.
This module introduces students to basic concepts and methods relevant to professional management practice, with an emphasis on the commercial engineering context and project management. Topics include introductions to the following:
- history of management
- the private enterprise
- the economic theory of the firm
- sustainability and lifecycle assessment
- safety and ethics,
- financial project evaluation
- project planning and scheduling
- risk management,project monitoring
This module aims to explain how electricity and electronic principles can be used to achieve practical tasks in mechanical engineering, measuring mechanical quantities and provide mechanical power. It also aims to give students an understanding of the importance of electrical and electronic subsystems in mechanical designs. A further aim is to prepare students for the use of electrical and electronic approaches within their individual and group project work.
Electrical machines and circuits: DC circuits, electromagnetism, capacitance, transducers, AC circuits, rectification, transistors, induction motor, amplifiers, combinational & sequential logic, transformers. Sensors: application of basic electrical and electronic principles to sensors for position, displacement, velocity, acceleration and strain, rotary sensors. Actuator: solenoids, stepper motor, DC permanent magnet motor. Signals and conversion: analogue and digital data, ADCs, DACs.
The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue
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