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Unit information: Electromechanical Design and Manufacturing Principles in 2020/21

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Unit name Electromechanical Design and Manufacturing Principles
Unit code EENG10003
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Simpson
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This unit is a project-based unit with some early lecture-based teaching, assessed entirely through coursework.

The unit begins by introducing students to the history, creation, interpretation and use of Engineering Drawing along with Manufacturing Processes, including forging, casting, welding, brazing, soldering, fasteners, sheet metal working, machining, and additive manufacturing.

Students will be set a design task related to an electro-mechanical system (such as design of a heat sink or fluid duct) employing the design/drawing skills and knowledge of manufacture methods taught earlier to reinforce and apply the concepts covered by other units, in a synoptic assessment.

Working in small groups (2/3 students per group) each group will be required to produce design calculations for the problem set and then manufacture and experimentally validate this design.

Students will then be required to submit a joint report detailing their design calculations, drawing, experimental finding, critical appraisal, and reflection, forming the basis of the summative assessment.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the unit stduents will be able to:

  1. Use previous taught theory to interpret a requirements statement and come up with design specifications
  2. Keep accurate records of the laboratory work
  3. Model the electro-mechanical process in an appropriate manner
  4. Create and interpret orthographic projection and pictorial engineering drawings for use in communicating design ideas/concepts, parts and assemblies.
  5. Design components to an appropriate standard and select suitable manufacturing techniques
  6. Take appropriate measurements, and analyse results
  7. Explain limitations of their designs, compromises on cost, performance and complexity

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, sketching/drawing/design workshops and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Information

Summative Assessment:

Component design and prototyping coursework (30%)

Group Report (70%)

Reading and References

Engineering Drawing: -

  • McMahon, C. A. & Browne, J. (1998) CADCAM Principles, Practice and Manufacturing Management, Harlow Addison-Wesley (TS155.6 MAC). -
  • Simmons, C. H. & Maguire, D. E. (1995) Manual of Engineering Drawing, Arnold (T353 SIM). -
  • Parker M.A. & Dennis, L. J. (1992) Engineering Drawing Fundamentals, Cheltenham Stanley Thornes (T353 PAR).

Manufacturing Processes:

  • Swift, K. G. & Booker, J. D. (2003) Process Selection: from design to manufacture. 2nd Edition, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford (TS183.3 SWI).
  • Schey, J. A. (2000) Introduction to Manufacturing Processes. McGraw-Hill, New York (TS183 SCH).
  • Kalpakjian, S (2003) Manufacturing Processes for Engineering Materials. 4th Edition, Pearson Education (TS183 KAL).

Laboratory books and supplied script (or dynamic manual) will provide the information needed.