Courses - Faculty of Engineering


Mechanical Engineering

Stage II

MECHENG 201
15 Points

Introduction to Mechatronics

Introduces mechatronics to mechanical and mechatronics engineers. Covers sensors and actuators, analogue and digital circuit elements for signal processing and programming.

Prerequisite: ELECTENG 101, ENGGEN 131

MECHENG 211
15 Points

Thermofluids

The fundamentals of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer with practical applications to engineering devices and systems.

MECHENG 222
15 Points

Dynamics

Kinematics of particles, rectilinear and curvilinear motion, kinematics of rigid bodies in the plane. Kinetics of particles, systems of particles and rigid bodies. Impulse and momentum, mechanism motion in the plane. Vibration of a particle.

Prerequisite: ENGGEN 121 or 150

MECHENG 235
15 Points

Design and Manufacture 1

The design process as a teamwork, and system based, problem-solving activity. Design methodology and evaluation, design failure and safety, communicating design intent through graphical means. Introduction to engineering material properties and concepts of material failure. Introduction to motive power sources, machine elements and production and fabrication processes.

Prerequisite: ENGGEN 115

Restriction: MECHENG 223, 234

MECHENG 236
15 Points

Design and Manufacture 2

Introduction to computer-assisted design animation and virtual mechanisms and computer-aided production processes. Basic hydraulics and pneumatics systems and components. Fundamental techniques for the determination of material behaviour under external loads. Further production processes. Design reliability. Basic principles of "Design for X".

Prerequisite: MECHENG 235

Restriction: MECHENG 223, 234

MECHENG 242
15 Points

Mechanics of Materials 1

Statically determinate stress systems; stress – strain relations. Bending of beams: stress – moment and moment – curvature relations; beam deflections; buckling of struts. Shear in joints, couplings, beams and circular shafts. General analysis of plane stress. Introduction to failure criteria by yield and fracture. Safety factors.

Prerequisite: ENGGEN 121 or 150

MECHENG 270
15 Points

Software Design

Fundamentals of software design and high-level programming making use of case studies and programming projects. Includes: requirements analysis, specification methods, software architecture, software development environments, software quality, modularity, maintenance, reusability and reliability; models of software development.

Restriction: COMPSYS 202

Stage III

MECHENG 311
15 Points

Thermal Engineering

Second Law of Thermodynamics, entropy. Cycles and applications. Heat transfer, heat exchangers.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 211

MECHENG 312
15 Points

Sensors and Actuators

Mechatronics engineering and its elements, including sensors, actuators and computer interfacing. The design of mechatronic systems. Topics include interfacing, signal conditioning and processing, sensors, actuators, control technologies, software, systems modelling, simulation, analysis and design.

Restriction: ELECTENG 428

MECHENG 313
15 Points

Design of Real-Time Software

Introduces the principles of software design in a real-time environment. Main topics include computer/microcontroller architecture, programming in a real-time environment, software design and data acquisition systems.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 270

MECHENG 322
15 Points

Control Systems

An introduction to classical control of mechanical and mechatronic systems. Topics include: transfer functions, block diagrams, time response characteristics, stability, frequency response characteristics, and controller design (eg, pole placement, lead-lag compensation, PID). Applications in MATLAB/Simulink and with physical systems.

Prerequisite: ENGSCI 211, MECHENG 222

MECHENG 325
15 Points

Dynamics of Fluids and Structures

3D rigid body kinetics - inertia tensor, Euler's equations, gyroscopic motion. Vibration of single and two degree of freedom systems. Applications to vibration engineering. Introductory acoustics and spectral analysis. Mass, energy and momentum equations. Angular momentum equation. Dimensional analysis. Similarity. Turbulence, logarithmic overlap law, pipe losses and networks, Bernoulli obstruction theory. External flows, lifting bodies. Pumps, turbines. Open channel flows.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 211, 222

Restriction: MECHENG 324

MECHENG 334
15 Points

Engineering Design 3M

Good practice and standard methods in mechanical engineering design. Conceptual and detailed design in projects involving machine elements, engineering sciences and engineering mechanics. Some of the advanced computer-aided tools (eg, CAD, CAM, CAE) will be introduced and utilised in some projects.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 235, 236

Restriction: MECHENG 332, 333

MECHENG 340
15 Points

Mechanics of Materials 2

States of stress and strain at a point in a general three-dimensional stress system, failure theories for ductile materials, elementary plasticity. Generalised stress – strain relations for linearly elastic isotropic materials. Axisymmetric stress systems: thick walled pressure cylinders, spheres and rotating discs. Advanced topics in bending of beams. Failure theories for brittle materials. Fatigue in ductile materials.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 242

Restriction: MECHENG 341

MECHENG 352
15 Points

Manufacturing Systems

An introduction to the procedures and technological aspects of typical manufacturing systems; basic concepts of plant and work design; automation; planning, implementation; simulation, and monitoring of production processes; project-based introduction to the tools and techniques applied by professional engineers in modern manufacturing plants.

Restriction: MECHENG 351

MECHENG 370
15 Points

Analog Circuit Design

An introduction to the design, analysis and implementation of electronic circuits or systems for various applications such as signal generation and processing, interfacing, and high power electronics. These include PCB design and testing.

Prerequisite: 15 points from ELECTENG 101, 208, MECHENG 201

MECHENG 371
15 Points

Digital Circuit Design

Fundamental concepts in the design of combinational and sequential logic circuits. Modern approach to design using CAD tools that exploit the advantage of automation. Students will be exposed to the use of FPGA to rapid prototype digital systems using schematic and hardware description language entries.

Prerequisite: 15 points from ELECTENG 101, 208, MECHENG 201

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

MECHENG 700A
15 Points

MECHENG 700B
15 Points

Research Project

A comprehensive investigation carried out under the supervision of a member of staff on a topic assigned by the Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering leading to an oral presentation, a poster display and a written report.

Restriction: MECHENG 407, 408, 461, 462, 762, 763

To complete this course students must enrol in MECHENG 700 A and B

MECHENG 701
15 Points

Studies in Mechanical Engineering 1

Advanced courses on topics to be determined each year by the Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering.

MECHENG 702
15 Points

Studies in Mechanical Engineering 2

Advanced courses on topics to be determined each year by the Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering.

MECHENG 705
15 Points

Mechatronics Systems

Fundamentals of digital control and signal processing as applied to mechatronics systems. Modelling and analysis of mechatronics systems that includes transducers and applications. Issues related to mechatronics systems such as thermal management, signal detection, filtering and integrity, etc.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 312, 322

Restriction: MECHENG 405

MECHENG 706
15 Points

Mechatronics Design

A range of projects that demonstrate the application and integration of the material taught in lecture courses to create practical intelligent products and manufacturing processes.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 312, 322

Restriction: MECHENG 406

MECHENG 707
15 Points

Special Topic in Mechanical Engineering 1

Courses on special topics are to be determined each year by the Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering.

MECHENG 708
15 Points

Special Topic in Mechanical Engineering 2

Courses on special topics are to be determined each year by the Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering.

MECHENG 709
15 Points

Industrial Automation

Automation technologies widely used in manufacturing and processing industries. Topics include industrial robotics; programmable logic controllers (PLCs); pneumatics; machine vision systems; automated assembly; design for automation; and Industry 4.0. Students will participate in a number of hands-on labs throughout the course.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 270

Restriction: MECHENG 409, 710

MECHENG 710
15 Points

Advanced Industrial Automation

Automation technologies widely used in manufacturing and processing industries. Topics include industrial robotics; programmable logic controllers (PLCs); pneumatics; machine vision systems; automated assembly; design for automation; and Industry 4.0. Students will participate in a number of hands-on labs throughout the course. Includes an individual project related to the application of advanced automation techniques to address an industrial challenge.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 270

Restriction: MECHENG 409, 709

MECHENG 711
15 Points

Computational Fluid Dynamics

Application of computational methods to fluid dynamics and heat transfer. Finite volume and finite difference methods. Convergence and stability. Mesh generation and post-processing. Application of commercial computer programs to industrial problems. An individual project in which the student will be required to apply a commercial CFD code to a research problem of the student's choice.

MECHENG 712
15 Points

Aerohydrodynamics

The study of fluid mechanics relevant to external flows, eg, wind turbines, yachts, aircraft or wind loadings on buildings, boundary layers, computational fluid dynamics.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 325

Restriction: MECHENG 412, 771

MECHENG 713
15 Points

Energy Technology

Industrial thermodynamics and energy conversion/efficiency, power cycles, availability and irreversibility, simple combustion analysis, mass transfer, energy studies, boiling and condensation.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 311

Restriction: MECHENG 413

MECHENG 714
15 Points

Wind Engineering

Advanced specialist topics in wind engineering such as: the wind-loading chain - planetary boundary-layer flow, extreme winds, wind structure, wind loads, dynamic response, bluff body aerodynamics, vortex shedding, aero-elasticity, wind-tunnel testing, pedestrian level winds, wind energy. The core taught skills are extended by an individual project in which independent research is undertaken to solve a challenging wind engineering problem.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 712

MECHENG 715
15 Points

Building Services

Principles and practice of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R), psychrometry, heating/cooling loads, mass transfer and air quality, refrigeration/heat pump systems, cooling towers, pumps, fans, valves, pipes and ducts.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 325

Restriction: MECHENG 411

MECHENG 717
15 Points

Advanced Thermal Systems

Fundamentals of advanced thermodynamics. Topics covered will include a selection from: cycles and applications, heat and mass transfer, psychrometry, refrigeration and air-conditioning, internal combustion engines, combustion, thermal system design and simulation.

MECHENG 719
15 Points

Advanced Engineering Vibrations

Selected topics in advanced vibration engineering: multiple degree of freedom and continuous systems, spectral analysis, analytical, approximate and numerical methods, including FEA, vibration instrumentation, measurement and testing, modal analysis, vibration treatment. Includes an individual project in which independent research is undertaken to solve a challenging advanced vibration problem.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 325

Restriction: MECHENG 421, 722

MECHENG 720
15 Points

Advanced Multivariable Control Systems

Advanced control of mechanical and mechatronic systems. Topics include: state-space representations, linearisation, discretisation, stability, state feedback control design, optimal control, state estimation and Kalman filters. Applications in MATLAB/Simulink and with physical systems. Includes an individual project related to the design of advanced control systems encountered in practice.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 322

Restriction: ELECTENG 722, MECHENG 423, 724

MECHENG 722
15 Points

Engineering Vibrations

Selected topics in vibration engineering: Multiple degree of freedom and continuous systems; Spectral analysis; analytical, approximate and numerical methods, including FEA; vibration instrumentation, measurement and testing; modal analysis; vibration treatment.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 325 or equivalent

Restriction: MECHENG 421, 719

MECHENG 724
15 Points

Multivariable Control Systems

Advanced control of mechanical and mechatronic systems. Topics include: state-space representations, linearisation, discretisation, stability, state feedback control design, optimal control, state estimation and Kalman filters. Applications in MATLAB/Simulink and with physical systems.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 322

Restriction: ELECTENG 722, MECHENG 423, 720

MECHENG 726
15 Points

Acoustics for Engineers

Wave equations, sources, directionality; behaviour of sound waves. Principles of active control for sound. The ear and hearing system. Measurement of sound fields and acoustic properties of rooms. Philosophy of annoyance. Legal and Standards requirements. Sound fields in enclosures. Mass Law. General insulation equation. Materials as absorbers and reflectors, room acoustics, requirements in auditoria, sound system design principles and transducer performance. Electro-acoustics and audio signal processing.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 325

Restriction: MECHENG 425

MECHENG 728
15 Points

Advanced MEMS and Microsystems

Introduction to working principles and fabrication of MEMS/microsystems such as microsensors, microactuators, microfluidics, etc. Exposure to engineering design principles including engineering mechanics, fluidics, materials, etc., at microscale. Includes an individual project related to the design and fabrication of a device for an advanced application.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 211

Restriction: MECHENG 735

MECHENG 730
15 Points

Advanced Biomechatronic Systems

Advanced mechatronic principles and techniques for measuring and manipulating biological systems. Human biomechanics and motion control, advanced serial and parallel robots, compliant soft robots, software and functional safety, human robot interaction and force control, novel sensors and actuators, and biomechatronic design principles. Includes an individual project related to the analysis, selection and successful implementation of one of these advanced technologies.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 312

Restriction: MECHENG 736

MECHENG 731
15 Points

Engineering Design 4M

A variety of engineering projects requiring the development and communication of design solutions to a professional standard, and using a wide range of advanced engineering methods.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 334

Restriction: MECHENG 431

MECHENG 735
15 Points

MEMS and Microsystems

Introduction to working principles and fabrication of MEMS/microsystems such as microsensors, microactuators, microfluidics, etc. Exposure to engineering design principles including engineering mechanics, fluidics, materials, etc. at microscale. Exposure to microfabrication processes as part of a laboratory component.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 211

Restriction: MECHENG 728

MECHENG 736
15 Points

Biomechatronic Systems

Mechatronic principles and techniques for measuring, assisting, augmenting and mimicking biological systems. Topics include: brain machine interfaces, sensors and actuators, biomechanics and motion control, wearable and assistive devices, bioinstrumentation, soft robotic technologies, human factors, safety/ethical aspects, and biomechatronic design principles. Significant hands-on experience through the design, modelling and development of paradigmatic biomechatronic systems.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 312

Restriction: MECHENG 730

MECHENG 741
15 Points

Advanced Mechanics of Materials

Advanced theory of elasticity with applications to problems of contact stresses, stress concentrations, torsion of prismatic bars, plates and shells of revolution. Includes an individual project requiring students to undertake independent research and apply advanced knowledge and skills to solve problems encountered in practice based on actual "real life" case studies using industry standard analysis software.

MECHENG 742
15 Points

Advanced Materials Manufacturing

Properties and processing of polymers and polymer composites. Analysis of selected manufacturing processes such as injection moulding, extrusion, liquid composites moulding. Viscous flow, flow through porous media and heat transfer. An individual project related to recent developments in advanced composites in terms of processability/manufacturability, functionality and performance/potential.

MECHENG 743
15 Points

Composite Materials

Applications and manufacturing of composite materials. Mechanics of composite lamina/laminate. Failure prediction, design and finite element analysis of composite laminates and structures. Analysis and design of sandwich structures.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 340

Restriction: MECHENG 441, 772

MECHENG 747
15 Points

Manufacturing and Industrial Processes

Theory of plasticity; material characterisation; process analyses; extrusion, wiredrawing, forging, rolling; metal cutting: thin shear model and Merchant's diagram, tool wear and tool life; sheet forming; forming limit diagram; thermal analyses of industrial operations including polymer processing; basic polymer science: thermosets and thermoplastics, profile extrusion, sheet extrusion; blown-film extrusion, filament extrusion, blow moulding.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 340

Restriction: MECHENG 342, 447

MECHENG 751
15 Points

Advanced CAD/CAM/CNC

Advanced computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) and computer numerical control (CNC). Intelligent CAD, feature-based design and manufacturing, CAD data interoperability, advanced CAM methodologies, smart CNC systems, and integration of the above technologies. An individual project related to the philosophy, analysis, selection and successful implementation of one or more of these technologies.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 352 or 752

MECHENG 752
15 Points

Technology Management

An appreciation of the strategic systems and technology management aspects of manufacturing systems. Industry based projects that explore the design and optimisation of manufacturing operations form a major part of the course.

Prerequisite: B grade or higher in ENGGEN 303

Restriction: MECHENG 451

MECHENG 753
15 Points

Manufacturing Information Systems

New or emerging information technologies and their applications in manufacturing enterprises. Product modelling technologies based on STEP (STandard for Exchange of Product data), and intelligent and interoperable manufacturing systems. Applications to computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools. An individual project related to the main theme of this course on "Managing Manufacturing Information – the 'STEP' Way".

Prerequisite: MECHENG 352 or 752

MECHENG 771
15 Points

Aerodynamics and Hydrodynamics

Sail aerodynamics, thin aerofoil and lifting line theories. Hydrodynamic forces and moments. Velocity prediction programs. Experimental methods in wind tunnel and towing tank testing.

Prerequisite: Department approval required

Restriction: MECHENG 412, 712

MECHENG 772
15 Points

Materials and Yacht Structures

Steel, aluminium and composite materials, stress analysis, finite element methods, slamming loads.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval required

Restriction: MECHENG 441, 743

MECHENG 773
15 Points

Small Craft Design and Manufacturing

Hull and component design, CAD/CAM, manufacturing methods. System design, product specification and selection. Project Management. Regulatory bodies and rules.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval required

MECHENG 774
15 Points

Small Craft Naval Architecture

Hydrostatics and stability, sea keeping, manoeuvring, multi-degree of freedom systems, coupled motions, strip theory. Resistance components and scaling laws. Propulsion methods, propeller design, advanced marine vehicles including hydrofoils and jet propulsion.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval required

MECHENG 775
45 Points

MECHENG 775A
15 Points

MECHENG 775B
30 Points

Yacht Engineering Project

Each student is required to complete an individual project and submit a report on a topic assigned by the appropriate Head of Department. This is a piece of research carried out under the guidance of a supervisor.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

Restriction: MECHENG 776

To complete this course students must enrol in MECHENG 775 A and B, or MECHENG 775

MECHENG 776A
30 Points

MECHENG 776B
15 Points

Yacht Engineering Project

Each student is required to complete an individual project and submit a report on a topic assigned by the appropriate Head of Department. This is a piece of research carried out under the guidance of a supervisor.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

Restriction: MECHENG 775

To complete this course students must enrol in MECHENG 776 A and B

MECHENG 787
15 Points

Project X

Students are required to submit a report on a topic assigned by the appropriate Head of Department.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

MECHENG 788A
15 Points

MECHENG 788B
15 Points

Project Y

Students are required to submit a report on a topic assigned by the appropriate Head of Department.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

To complete this course students must enrol in MECHENG 788 A and B

MECHENG 789
30 Points

Project Z

Students are required to submit a report on a topic assigned by the appropriate Head of Department.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

MECHENG 793A
45 Points

MECHENG 793B
45 Points

Yacht Engineering Research Portfolio

A structured supervised research portfolio addressing a topic relevant to yacht engineering.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

To complete this course students must enrol in MECHENG 793 A and B

MECHENG 795
45 Points

MECHENG 795A
15 Points

MECHENG 795B
30 Points

Research Project (Mechanical)

Students are required to submit a report on a topic relevant to the specialisation, as assigned by the appropriate Head of Department.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

To complete this course students must enrol in MECHENG 795 A and B, or MECHENG 795

MECHENG 796A
60 Points

MECHENG 796B
60 Points

ME Thesis (Mechanical)

Students are required to submit a thesis on a topic assigned by the appropriate Head of Department.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

To complete this course students must enrol in MECHENG 796 A and B

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