Individual Engineering Project
In this unit you choose a problem in a specialist field, evaluate the related industrial and professional context, including safety, environmental and ethical considerations. You then research, design, plan and manage a specialist technology solution to the chosen problem. At the end of the unit you will present and defend the project to academic specialists in the field. You will also present your work to peers, industrialists and employers at an end of year degree show.
Mechanical Engineering Design
In this unit you will learn how to formulate a specification and use standards, databases, codes and a variety of other technical literature to inform your design solutions and materials selection. You will learn about the influence of: the environment and sustainability; legal considerations; ergonomics; aesthetics; ethics; reliability and maintenance. You will employ design management techniques to match customer requirements and work within constraints of cost, production techniques, materials and health and safety.
Control and Automation
In this unit you will study the kinematics, dynamics and control of robot arms and learn how to use both physical analysis and computer simulation to build kinematic and dynamic models of robot arms. You will also learn how to use high level programming languages to control the behaviour of an automation system and how to build and test a factory automation system using hardware and software.
Digital Signal and Image Processing
This unit is about the operation and underlying theory of digital signal and image processing (DSIP) algorithms. You will learn how to model the fundamental concepts of DSIP including Z, continuous and discrete Fourier transforms and how to apply DSIP to analogue filter analysis. You will also learn how to apply spatial image processing techniques, and how to design and simulate DSIP algorithms.
This unit is about the principles of engineering management. You will learn how to apply business and management knowledge to industrial engineering and how to deploy advanced practices for managing operations in an industrial context. You will also develop skills to model, simulate and analyse engineering management systems, learning how to build appropriate probabilistic models to support effective decision-making.
Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics
This unit is about the scientific principles of heat transfer, fluids and aerodynamics. You will learn how to: analyse heat transfer between the different components of engineering systems; solve and analyse problems involving one or more modes of heat transfer; develop mathematical models of fluid motion problems; and how to evaluate different important flow features in practical fluid mechanics. You will also learn about aerodynamics components and systems.
Power Generation and Distribution
In this unit you will learn how to use quantitative analysis techniques to evaluate the operating principles and challenges presented by conventional and renewable energy sources. You will learn how to analyse 3-phase generation, transmission and distribution systems and consider the electrical loading effects on those systems. You will also learn about the role of power electronics technology and energy storage options for renewable energy systems.
Stress, Structures and Engineering Dynamics
In this unit, you will study the structural behaviour of mechanical systems. You will learn how to apply advanced engineering principles to analyse structural components and how to carry out modal analysis and determine vibration response of multi-DOF systems. You will construct valid simulation models of mechanical problems and learn how to analyse complex mechanisms and carry out kinematic and dynamic analysis of simple mechanisms.