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Undergraduate Course: Mechanical Engineering Design 3 (MECE09035)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryDesign is often regarded as the central creative activity of engineering, this course aims to enhancethe skills of analysis and synthesis required to develop solutions to open-ended problems. MED3 aims to teach techniquesfor the effective evaluationand communicationof design ideas. To support thisthe students will also acquire a knowledge of materials and manufacturing processesselection along with the most common
component/ system failure modes.The course is formed of two parts: the first highlighting conceptual design and the second a single detailed design project. This detailed design project aims to give students experience of tackling an engineering design problem in the area of renewable / sustainable energy, with all the uncertainties of the real world, personal interactions and time management.
Course description Course Syllabus:

Conceptual design

Unit 1-Course Overview

Introduction; The Design Process; Creative style; Brainstorming.

Unit 2-Concept communication

Effective graphic and verbal communication of design ideas to groups and individuals.

Unit 3-Design Requirements and Design Definition

Exploring the design requirement through the use of tools like the requirement Trees and producing Product Design Specifications.Identification of Design need; Product Life Cycle; Legislative constraints.

Unit 4-Material and process selection

To build the general understanding of the uses and limitations of common engineering materials and which processes can be used to shape them.

Unit 5-Concept calculation, approximations and assumptions

To gain an understanding of the types of calculations and estimations that can be used to select and evaluate design concepts.

Unit 6-Material Properties and Failure

Static Strength; Stiffness; Brittleness; Resilience; Toughness; Creep.

Unit 7-Stress Concentration

Design for Static Strength.

Unit 8-Fatigue Failure

Terminology; Measurement; Characteristic Curves; Miner's Rule; S-N Curves.

Unit 9-Component and system

Failure Reliability of an assembly and the cost of reliability.

Unit 10-Tools for exploring the failure of a Design Fault trees; Failure Modes and Effects Analysis

Detailed design project

1. Introduction to team working roles and group selection
2-3. Introduction to project and specialist lecture material, brainstorming
4-9. Group working and project supervision sessions
10. Report submission
11. Oral Exam

Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes Learning Outcomes:

EA2m, D1, D2, D4, D5, EL2, EL4, P1, P3, P6, G1, G2, G4. SM3b, EA1b, EA2b, EA3b, EA4b, D3b, P2, P4, P8, P11, G3, EL5.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Mechanical Engineering Design 2A (MECE08011)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesMechanical Engineering Design 2nd year
Mechanical Engineering 1st year
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 28, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 44, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 102 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework: 100%
Feedback Conceptual design:

General feedback: Given in lecture for Brainstorming practice exercise.

Written and audio feedback given for the introduction, product design specification and three design concepts for the main coursework assignment.

Written feedback for both individual (where possible) and group performance in the group presentations.
Written and audio feedback given for main coursework assignment.

Formative feedback given continually during workshops exercises.

Detailed design:

Formative feedback given continually during Group working and project supervision sessions.

Written and verbal feedback for performance in the oral Exam.

Written and audio feedback given for main coursework assignment.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Propose engineering designs to open ended problems that are feasible, in terms engineering mechanics, economics, and other competing requirements of the design.Then Communicate design solutionsand the rationale behind themwith sketches, detailed drawings, technical reports and presentations;
  2. Put forward reasoned arguments for how these designs address the product design specification,whilst appreciatingthe uncertainties and gaps in design data;
  3. Select appropriate design equations,materials and manufacturing processesfor a given engineering problem;
  4. Select appropriate design equations,materials and manufacturing processesfor a given engineering problem;
  5. Understand how groups of engineers can work together to solve complex problems.
Reading List
Shigley, "Mechanical Engineering Design", McGraw Hill (2015)

Pugh, "Total Design", Addison-Wesley (1991)

O┐connor, "Practical Reliability Engineering", Wiley (2012)

Kalpaljian, ┐ManufacturingEngineering and Technology", Pearson (2014)

Ashby, "Materials: Engineering, Science, Processing and Design"Butterworth-Heinemann(2014)

These, and other texts, are available in the University Library
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsOpen-ended design,Iteration,Component/System Failure,Conceptual Engineering Design
Course organiserDr Adam Robinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 8689
Course secretaryMrs Michelle Burgos Almada
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