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MECH9660: Manufacturing and Sustainability

The unit aims to teach the fundamentals of manufacturing processes and systems in mechanical and mechatronic engineering, including traditional manufacturing and advanced manufacturing technologies. Manufacturing processes are also compared in terms of their level of energy consumption, natural resources used and level of pollution generated in the manufacture of products. This unit aims to develop the following attributes: to understand the fundamental principles of manufacturing technologies for the above mentioned engineering areas; to gain the ability to select existing manufacturing processes and systems for direct engineering applications; to develop ability to create innovative new manufacturing technologies for advanced industrial applications; to develop ability to invent new manufacturing systems. At the end of this unit students will have a good understanding of the following: merits and advantages of individual manufacturing processes and systems; principles of developing new technologies; comprehensive applications and strategic selection of manufacturing processes and systems and the impact they may each have on our environment. Course content will include: CAD / CAM: An introduction into the use of CAD and manual CNC coding as separate tools combined with an introduction into the kinematics and structural requirements in the construction of a CNC machine. Rapid Engineering: An introduction into the most current Rapid Engineering methods currently in use. Manufacturing Processes: Common processes and their science (machining, casting, powder metallurgy, metal working, welding) and their relative merits, limitations and the impact they may each have on our environment.

Code MECH9660
Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Display familiarity in the use of CNC machining in manufacturing
  • LO2. Understand the basic principles of automation and testing
  • LO3. Understand the methodology of analogue sampling
  • LO4. Understand the methodology of data acquisition
  • LO5. Understand the development of software design patterns structure
  • LO6. Understand the fundamental principles of manufacturing technologies for mechanical and mechatronic engineering
  • LO7. Understand the principles of automated inspection systems
  • LO8. Understand the fundamentals in finding measurements using the method of LabVIEW, VBAI, OCR and Vision
  • LO9. Discuss the major problems in the current manufacturing practice and provide suggestions to overcome or improve them
  • LO10. Determine functional requirements of a product in terms of application and suitability
  • LO11. Discuss the merits and disadvantages of an individual manufacturing method
  • LO12. Determine the basic manufacturing considerations necessary to realise the function, including the selection of materials and the manufacturing method, taking into account the strength and reliability
  • LO13. Understand the fundamentals in motion control
  • LO14. Contribute to effective team processes