SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2H324714
Module Leader Babakalli Alkali
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is: To develop knowledge and understanding on various machine tools for manufacturing and various manufacturing processes such as machining, casting and welding. Conceptual understanding on the principles of engineering metrology; an insight into modern machining processes;


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: Machine Tools & Machining Lathe, work holding devices, operations performed on a lathe machine. Types of milling machines operations, milling cutters and attachments. Drilling machines, types and operations performed on a drilling machine. Cutting Parameters and Conditions, Tolerance and Surface Finish. Cutting Tools, Types of cutting tools, tool geometry and nomenclature, tool materials, Taylors' equation and tool life calculation. Tool wear and machinability. Metal Casting &Metal Joining Steps involved in casting method, advantages & limitations and applications. Pattern types, allowances for pattern, pattern materials. Cores/Cores Preparation. Metal Cooling & Directional solidification, Design considerations in casting. Introduction to joining techniques, Gas welding &Electric arc welding; Tungsten inert gas welding (TIG); Metal inert gas welding (MIG), Submerged Arc Welding (SAW), Types of welds & specifications, selection of welding rods. Metrology Evolution of length standards, Limits and fits; clearance, interference and transition fits, preferred sizes, BS4500 ISO system of limits and fits. Geometric tolerance; Surface texture; relationship between manufacturing process and the surface texture, specification and assessment of surface texture, BS 1134. Assessment of Surface Texture. Modern Machining processes Introduction: Need of modern manufacturing processes and classification, USM, EDM, ECM, laser beam machining, abrasive jet machining, electron beam machining, process parameters, limitations and applications.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module the student should be able to:1. Describe various machine tools used to produce a given component with required specifications and select a particular cutting tool and parameters.(AM1, AM5)2. Analyse the underlying principles of metal casting, metal forming and metal joining processes (AM1, AM5)3. Analyse the surface texture of metals and its assessment (AM1, AM6)4. Categorise the latest technological advancements in metal machining processes for particular applications. (AM1, AM5)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures, tutorials, and videos

Indicative Reading

SeropeKalpakjian, S., and Schmid, S., 2009. Manufacturing Engineering & Technology , 6th ed. Prentice Hall. Carl Sommer, 2009. Non-Traditional Machining Handbook , 2nd ed. Advance Publishing Paul Degarmo, P., and Black, 2007. Materials and Processes in Manufacturing , 10 th ed. Wiley Publications. Mikell P. Groover, 2010. Fundamentals of Modern Manufacturing: Materials, Processes, and Systems , 4th ed. Wiley Publications.

Transferrable Skills

Knowledge on machine tools and various manufacturing principles. Data retrieval, problem solving, group work analysis.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 56.00
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00
Practicals (FT) 28.00
Assessment (FT) 16.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 35% Lab exercise report 1500 words and Lab Quiz (these elements are linked)
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 35% Mid-term Test - Unseen written exam for 90min.
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 45% Final Examination - Unseen written exam for 2Hrs