MECH ENG 2100 - Design Practice

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

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In general the course is an introduction to engineering design. It will cover basic stages of the design process and fundamentals of good design practices. It will also look at design of some specific mechanical sub-systems and will introduce students to some basic manufacturing processes. Students will also learn effective communication skills by means of engineering reports. The course is divided into two major components: Design Project where students will work in teams on Warman design/build/test competition project while completing a number of group assignments. In this part students will learn effective team work practices and project management while going through basic stages of the design process such as conceptual, embodiment and detail design. In Design for Function a number of power transmitting sub-systems, commonly used in mechanical design will be looked at. Students will design such sub-systems using both first principles and according to standard processes. Students will learn such fundamental aspects of design as using sources of design information; accuracy of engineering quantities; material selection; fabrication methods, and tolerances and fits.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MECH ENG 2100
    Course Design Practice
    Coordinating Unit School of Mechanical Engineering
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 7 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible MECH ENG 2018
    Assumed Knowledge MATHS 1012, C&ENVENG1010 & MECH ENG 1007
    Restrictions Available to BE(Mechanical & Aerospace), BE(Mechanical & Automotive), BE(Mechanical), BE(Mechatronic), BE(Mechanical & Sports), BE(Mechanical & Sustainable Energy) and associated double and combined degree students only
    Course Description In general the course is an introduction to engineering design. It will cover basic stages of the design process and fundamentals of good design practices. It will also look at design of some specific mechanical sub-systems and will introduce students to some basic manufacturing processes. Students will also learn effective communication skills by means of engineering reports. The course is divided into two major components:
    Design Project where students will work in teams on Warman design/build/test competition project while completing a number of group assignments. In this part students will learn effective team work practices and project management while going through basic stages of the design process such as conceptual, embodiment and detail design.
    In Design for Function a number of power transmitting sub-systems, commonly used in mechanical design will be looked at. Students will design such sub-systems using both first principles and according to standard processes. Students will learn such fundamental aspects of design as using sources of design information; accuracy of engineering quantities; material selection; fabrication methods, and tolerances and fits.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Antoni Blazewicz

    NameRoleBuilding/RoomEmail
    Dr Antoni Blazewicz Lecturer Engineering South Building,S310 antoni.blazewicz@adelaide.edu.au
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On the completion of this course students are expected to be able to:

    1 Systematically approach design problems;
    2 Identify and analyse a number of sub-systems commonly used in mechanical design;
    3 Design such sub-systems using both first principles and according to standard processes;
    4 Understand the principles of OH&S in a potentially hazardous environment;
    5 Interpret design requirements from a manufacturing perspective;
    6 Understand the limitations that manufacturing methods can impose on design;
    7 Understand the problems that overtly simplified or complex designs can impose upon manufacturing;
    8 Work in a team environment
    9 Prepare a technical report
    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Design for Function Notes and Design Project Notes, and Level 2 Labbook – all available from the Image & Copy Centre

    Recommended Resources

    Text books:

    • Shigley’s Mechanical Engineering Design (8th SI edition) by Budynas R.G. and Nisbett J.K., McGraw Hill, 2008
    • Engineering Design Process by Haik Y., Thomson
    Online Learning

    The material available through MyUni:

    • Course Outline and Introduction
    • Course Content
    • Timetable
    • Lecture Notes
    • Assignments
    • Solutions
    • Past exams
    • Labbook

    MyUni is also used to communicate important announcements.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    Lectures supported by modes developing material covered in lectures. These modes include problem-solving tutorials, design project tutorials, and laboratories.

    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Course workload includes 20 hours lectures, 56 hours tutorials and 6 hours laboratory classes.

    Learning Activities Summary

    Design for Function:

      • Design Process and basic calculations   -1 hr lecture + 3 hrs tutorial
        • design calculations - report format precision and rounding of quantities
        • free-body diagrams
        • equations for linear and angular motion.
      • Friction Clutch Design   -1 hr lecture + 3 hrs tutorial
        • function, classification
        • plate clutch design - design parameters and equations
        • friction materials
      • Brake Design   -1 hr lecture + 3 hrs tutorial
        • function, classification
        • band brake design - design parameters and equations
      • Flat Belt Drives   -1 hr lecture + 3 hrs tutorial
        • geometry and belt construction
        • design parameters and equations
      • V Belt & Chain Drives   -1 hr lecture + 3 hrs tutorial
        • geometry and construction
        • nomenclature
        • design parameters and catalogue selection
      • Gear Drive Systems   -1 hr lecture + 3 hrs tutorial
        • Nomenclature
        • types and construction of gears
        • design parameters and equations
        • shaft loads
      • Rubbing Bearings   -1 hr lecture + 3 hrs tutorial
        • operation principles
        • material properties
        • bearing selection
      • Oil Film Bearings   -1 hr lecture + 3 hrs tutorial
        • operation principles
        • design criteria and bearing selection
      • Rolling Element Bearings   -2 hrs lectures + 2 x 3 hrs tutorial
        • Classification
        • types and characteristics
        • selection procedure
        • lubrication, seals, installation
        • case study of bearing selection

    Design Project:

      • Design Process   -3 hrs lectures + 3 x 2 hrs tutorial
        • Design specification
        • Conceptual design
        • Function analysis
        • Embodiment design
      • Organising a Group Project   -1 hr lecture + 2 hrs tutorial
        • design planning
        • Team Work - how to organise design effort
        • Report writing
      • Work on competition project   -21 hrs
        • building and testing
        • school finals
      • Preparation of a project report
    Specific Course Requirements

    Laboratories: This course includes two laboratories: Engine Disassembly – 2 hrs; Introduction to Measurement – 2 hrs. Details provided in level 2 Labbook.

  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    All learning objectives are assessed through assignments, laboratories, design project and examination:

    • Assignments 20%
    • Design Project 30%
    • Laboratories 10%
    • Final examination 40%
    Assessment Related Requirements

    Students have to pass Design Project part of the course and obtain course total of at least 50%.

    The Laboratories are compulsory part of a course. If a lab session is missed or a lab report not handed in or a student fails to get at least 35% of the total possible lab marks, then that is grounds for FAILURE of the entire course.

    Assessment Detail

    Assignments – group, distributed through a semester every week;

    Design Project – group, assessment based on two design reports and performance in a competition;

    Laboratory – assessment based on lab participation and a report;

    Final exam – open-book, 3 hours.

    Submission

    Assignments and lab reports should be submitted via corresponding Course Submission Box located on Level 2 of Engineering South Building. A penalty for late submission will be applied – 10% per working day (weekends and holidays not included). In special cases extensions can be granted on individual basis. A “turn-around” timeline on assessments and the provision of feedback to students is approximately 2 weeks. . Re-submission of work is not allowed.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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