Undergraduate Course: Mechanical Engineering 1 (MECE08007)
Course Outline
School  School of Engineering 
College  College of Science and Engineering 
Credit level (Normal year taken)  SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) 
Availability  Available to all students 
SCQF Credits  20 
ECTS Credits  10 
Summary  This is an introduction to the principles of Mechanical Engineering. The topics covered include: Analysis of Static Structures, Stress and Strain, Dynamic Analysis of Bodies in Simple Linear and Rotational Motion, Energy Conversion. Practical work includes measurement techniques and the construction of machines such as engines and gearboxes. 
Course description 
Solid Mechanics
Review of Statics
Scalars and Vectors. Newton's Laws. Units. Gravity
Forces and Equilibrium
Force. 2D Systems. Components. Moments and Couples. Resultants.
Equilibrium in 2D. Free Body Diagrams. System Isolation. Internal Forces. Plane Trusses: Method of Joints. Methods of Sections. QuasiStatic Mechanisms. Equilibrium in 3D.
Distributed Forces
Centroid in simple distributions.
Internal Forces in Determinate Beams
The concept of forces within beams; the stress resultant. Shear forces and shear force diagram.
Bending Moments in determinate beams
Bending moments; significance of bending moment inside a beam; calculation in simple cases.
Shear Force and Bending Moment Diagrams
The bending moment diagram; worked examples of aligned loadings; shear force and bending moment diagrams. Equilibrium of a section of a beam, and its significance for rapid construction of shear force diagrams and bending moment diagrams from the loading.
Dynamics
Non equilibrium Systems
Newton's Laws of Motion reviewed; internal and external forces; effect of friction
D'Alembert Approach
System force and motion analysis using 'inertia forces'; Application to coupled systems, power transmission
Systems of Bodies
Kinematic relations between interacting bodies: circular motion, gear drives, belts and pulleys,
Work  Energy Approach
Kinetic and potential energy; work and power; workenergy theorems applied to system calculations; the conservative system.
Energy
Introduction
Demand, supply, changing patterns; energy scales
Basic Thermodynamic Systems and Properties
Isolated, closed and open systems; Intensive, extensive, specific properties; energy, temperature, pressure.
Basic Thermodynamic Processes
Heat, work; conservation of energy; nonflow energy equation; steadyflow energy equation; specific heats, phase change
Basic Thermodynamic Cycles
Introduction, energy conversion processes for power; combustion chemistry; heat engines; heat engine efficiency; steam cycle; gas (turbine) cycle; petrol (internal combustion) engines, diesel engines.
Power Stations
Anatomy of modern coalfired and gasfired power stations; combined heat and power; nuclear fission; nuclear reactor principles; reactor types (including PWR, AGR, pebble bed)
Renewable Energy
Context (climate change, etc); solar energy (photovoltaics, direct solar); hydropower (resource, basic calculations); wind energy (onshore, offshore; basic calculations, wider issues); wave energy (resource, technologies, issues); tidal energy (resource, technologies, issues); climate change impacts on renewable energy generation.
Tutorials
You should attempt to answer all the questions before you attend your weekly tutorial. The tutorials are design to aid your understanding of the material presented in the lecture course and its application to engineering problems and this process is greatly assisted if you can discuss your solutions to the tutorial problems with the tutors. The tutorial problems are graded with simpler problems at the start leading up to examination grade questions at the end.
Laboratories
There are eight three hour practical lab sessions.
3 x Measurement labs from the following:
 Strain
 Acceleration
 Temperature
 Moment of Inertia
 Flow
1 x Strip and Rebuild lab of a single cylinder 4stroke engine
4 x Drawing sessions:
(Students with suitable, formallyrecognised experience may be partiallyexempted from this part of the course. Please discuss with the lecturer)
 Isometric and orthographic projection
 3D visualisation
 Drawing of simple engineering part
 Engineering drawing

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Prerequisites 

Corequisites  
Prohibited Combinations  
Other requirements  None 
Information for Visiting Students
Prerequisites  None 
High Demand Course? 
Yes 
Course Delivery Information

Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1)

Quota: 149 
Course Start 
Semester 2 
Timetable 
Timetable 
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) 
Total Hours:
200
(
Lecture Hours 30,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 24,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 8.6,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
122 )

Assessment (Further Info) 
Written Exam
67 %,
Coursework
0 %,
Practical Exam
33 %

Additional Information (Assessment) 
Coursework (33.33%)
 3 x Measurement ontheday proforma lab reports (each 10% of coursework total)
 1 x Strip and Rebuild ontheday proforma lab reports (each 10% of coursework total)
 1 x Formal technical lab report based on Measurement lab (18% of coursework total)
 3 x Technical drawing (in class) exercises (each 8% of coursework total)
 1 x Formal technical drawing assignment (18% of coursework total)
Degree Examination (66.67%)
The Degree Examination consists of one paper and is held in April/May, with a resit in August. The paper is 2 hours long, and consists of three sections  Solid Mechanics (3 questions); Dynamics (2 questions) and Energy (2 questions). Students are required to answer four questions, including at least one from each section (Note that this differs from years prior to 2006/07). 
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Exam Information 
Exam Diet 
Paper Name 
Hours & Minutes 

Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)   2:00   Resit Exam Diet (August)   2:00  
Learning Outcomes
 To provide a solid foundation of core knowledge in Statics and Dynamics. This basis is essential for proceeding to more advanced studies in these and other topics in forthcoming years, and for underpinning applications in design and project work.
 To provide through coursework the development of practical laboratory skills and procedures and the development of written communication skills through report writing.

Reading List
Recommended textbooks that you might find useful:
Meriam & Kraige, Engineering Mechanics  Statics SI Version (Wiley)
Meriam & Kraige, Engineering Mechanics  Dynamics SI Version (Wiley)
G. Boyle (Editor), Renewable Energy, 2nd Edition (Oxford Univ. Press)
G. Boyle, B. Everett, J. Ramage (Editors), Energy Systems and Sustainability (Oxford Univ. Press) 
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 
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Contacts
Course organiser  Prof Jason Reese
Tel: (0131 6)51 7081
Email: Jason.Reese@ed.ac.uk 
Course secretary  Miss Megan Inch
Tel: (0131 6)50 5687
Email: M.Inch@ed.ac.uk 

