SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHH124819
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Mechanical Engineering
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Engineering Design and Analysis 3

Summary of Content

This module extends the work of the equivalent year 3 module to introduce the students to more advanced design considerations and analysis techniques and experimentatl methods for design evaluation of those problems which cannot be readily solved by means of simple formulae. The percentage of Work Based Learning for this module, as represented by the Independent Learning "Activity Type", is 55%. The percentage of Work Based Assessment for this module is 15%, which is represented by 50% of the Technical Analysis Report.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: Formulation for the Slope- Definition equation for flexural members. Derivation of the stiffness matrix for flexural member. Formulation of the structural stiffness and loading vectors to form system matrices. Solution of the system matrices for degrees of freedom, member loads and reactions. Analysis and synthesis of linear translation, torsional and combined (coupled) translational and torsional vibrations; with and without damping. The method of solution will be based on modelling of engineering systems and matrix methods allied to computerised solutions. Analysis and synthesis of torsional vibrations for multidegree of freedom problems including gear inertias and branching effects with and without damping, and based upon the matrix approach. The method of solution will be based on modelling of engineering systems and matrix methods allied to computerised solutions. Plastic analysis of components subject to axial and bending loads. Shape factors, plastic moment of resistance 'Mp' for symmetrical and unsymmetrical sections. Application to beam structures and determination of load factors. Residual stress and springback effects. The analysis of components containing crack-life defects using LEFM, plastic collapse and the application of the Paris Law to fatigue life prediction through crack growth analysis. Shear bending and torsional loading of components having area properties such as symmetrical and open ended and unsuymmetrical sections shear centre and warping effects. Thick Cylinders Thin and thick cylinders, basic assumptions, Lame's equations, hoop and radial stresses, closed ends, longitudinal stresses, compound cylinders and tubes, force and shrink fits, plastic yielding of thick cylinders, partial yielding, complete collapse. Integrated Product Design Studies Framework for a structured and methodical approach to product design process.

Learning Outcomes

The expected learning outcomes are that on completion of the module the student should be able to:Solve complex problems in Structural Analysis using Matrix Methods.Solve complex analysis and design problems in vibrational analysis of engineering systems using Matrix Methods.Apply the principles and techniques for fracture and fatigue analysis to appropriate engineering components.Apply the principles and techniques for plastic blending analysis to appropriate engineering components.Evaluate the effects of shear, bending and torsional loading to symmetrical and open and closed unsymmetrical cross sectional members.Apply the principles andf techniques for the analysis of thick cylinders subjected to internal and external pressure systems.Use the tools to allow the working in a design team to successfully compete an integrated design assignment

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The material covered during lectures will be reinforced and consolidated through tutorials, seminars and practical laboratory work. Students will study and solve real world engineering problems encouraging divergent thinking and broader, deeper learning. Students will take part in practical laboratory work which will enhance data acquisition and manipulation skills, individual and group working skills, technical report writing skills and communication skills in general. Through the study of national and international engineering codes of practice, students will be global learners. Through the use of the managed learning environment GCU Learn, students will become more engaged, flexible and independent in their learning as there will be a wide range of learning resources available on line. In addition to the core module content, links to relevant databases for the sourcing of additional reading material from the current research in the subject area from around the world, and notices regarding relevant professional body talks in the local area will be made available. The students will be encouraged to reflect upon the theoretical learning within the work place and the application of newly learned concepts to the work environment. The assessment of the students will incorporate laboratory and design and analysis work based on real world engineering problems through group and individual coursework, and an examination. Students will receive individualised feedback on their performance through one-to-one contact with tutors at tutorials and seminars and marked coursework, which will reinforce the students' learning, and examination results. Work Based Education aims to maximise the direct and digitally mediated contact time with students by practicing teaching and learning strategies that use authentic work based scenarios and encourage action learning, enquiry based learning, problem based learning and peer learning. All these approaches aim to directly involve the students in the process of learning and to encourage sharing of learning between students. The module team will determine the level and accuracy of knowledge acquisition at key points in the delivery, inputting when necessary either directly or with the support of external experts who will add to the authenticity, the credibility and application of the education and learning to the workplace.

Indicative Reading

"The Theory of Vibration with Applications", W T Thomson; Chapman Hal, 5th Edition, 1997 "Mechanics of Solids & Structures", D W A Rees, McGraw Hill, 2000 "Mechanics of Engineering Materials" Benham & Crawford & Armstrong; Addison Wesley Longman Higher Education; 2nd Ed 1997 "The Mechanics of Fracture & Fatigue: an introduction", A P Parker: E & FN Spon 1981. "Mechanics of Engineering Materials Vol2; E J Hearn; Butterworth, 1996, 3rd Edition "Total Design: Integrated methods for successful product engineering", S Pugh, Addison_Wesley, 1991 "Plasticity", Dixit,R.M. and Dixit,U.S., CRC Press. 2014.

Transferrable Skills

Manage and present data in a variety of ways and be proficient in generic IT skills. Creative and innovative approaches and critical thinking, combined with scientific and engineering evidence to real world engineering problem solving. Time management skills, professional behaviours, reflective approach to learning, communication skills including oral, written and visual, and team working.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 8.00
Independent Learning (FT) 110.00
Lectures (FT) 36.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Tutorials (FT) 18.00
Practicals (FT) 10.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 35% Technical Analysis Report
Exam (Exams Office) 3.00 70.00 35% Written Exam