30 credits at level FE3
To introduce students to a range of core principles and techniques in engineering science and mechanics, and to develop problem solving skills required for progression onto an engineering degree course.
Dimensions and units
Introduction to concepts of time, length, area, volume, density , and mass.
Base and derived units
Conversion of units
Mass , weight and force, Newton’s law of gravitation
Vectors and scalars
Addition of vectors - parallelogram and triangle rules
Resolution of vectors into any two directions
Addition of coplanar and concurrent forces using rectangular components
Triangle of forces theorem and polygon of forces
Condition of equilibrium in terms of resolved components of forces
Moments, simply supported and cantilever beams
Torques and Couples
Centres of mass and centroids
Displacement, speed and acceleration
Velocity and Distance vs Time graphs
Newtons Laws of Motion
Free body diagrams and connected body problems
Types of Energy
Mechanical energy : Kinetic and potential
Conservation of energy
Work , power and efficiency
Sources of energy loss
Energy storage in flywheels
Momentum, conservation of, collisions, coefficient of restitution
Strength of materials, tension and compression
Load and extension
Tensile, compressive and shear stresses
Stress vs Strain diagrams
Ductile and Brittle Materials
Hookes Law , elastic limit
Factor of safety
Failure modes, fracture , deformation and buckling
Celsius and absolute temperature scales
Combined Gas Equation and Characteristic gas equation
Amplitude, period, frequency, wavelength and phase
Analysis of simple spring-mass systems
The effect of damping
Simple Harmonic Motion
Definition, examples and equations
Electrical Theory and Machines
Ohm’s Law. Emf/pd
Resistance, Inductance, Capacitance
Charging/Discharging of Devices
Resistors in series and parallel
Potential divider circuits
Internal resistance of power supplies
Simple AC theory
AC/DC generators, motors
Delivery will utilise appropriate computer aided analysis and demonstration software
The delivery of this module will be structured as follows for 300 hours:
Formal lectures/tutorials:6hrs/wk for 26 weeks = 156hrs
Laboratory sessions: 6 x 2hrs = 12hrs
Problem-based learning: 54hrs
Laboratory report writing: 18hrs
Self-directed consolidation of learning: 60hrs
The asssessment consists of a phase test, a laboratory/coursework practical, and ean end-of modulf examination.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Have developed a knowledge and understanding of the principles of engineering mechanics.
Be able to :
• Define and explain the meaning of engineering terms and concepts concerned with statics; linear and rotational dynamics; work and energy; friction; strength of materials, fluids and vibrations
• Analyse and solve mechanics problems using appropriate techniques.
|2.||Have developed the ability to apply theoretical engineering mechanics knowledge.
Be able to :
• Apply theoretical knowledge to the interpretation of results of experimental work and the assessment of engineering problems.
|3.||Have developed practical skills within an engineering mechanics laboratory.
Be able to:
• Perform engineering mechanics experiments logically and accurately
• Collect and interpret a set of experimental data and discuss in the context of engineering mechanics theory.
|4.||Be able to write up a mechanics laboratory experiment in scientific format.||
Be able to:
• Produce a report of an engineering mechanics experiment using an appropriate style and accurate and logical description of the methodology and theory
• Draw appropriate conclusions and discuss the evidence for those conclusions.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Phase test.||Laboratory/ course work.||End examination.|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
and/or be taking the following corequisite modules:
No restrictions apply.
Meriam, J. Engineering mechanics volume 2 ; dynamics. (4th) Wiley (1998)
Meriam, J. Engineering mechanics volume 1 ; statics. (4th) Wiley (1998)
Hannah J., Hillier M.J. Applied Mechanics, Longman (1995)
Hughes E., Electrical Technology, Prentice Hall (2001)
Tooley M. Electrical Circuits Fundamentals & Applications, Newnes (2001)
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