Unit description

Introduces students to basic principles of machine element design through team design projects.   Specific components include bolts, rolling bearings, stepped shafts and gears.  Industrial practice is addressed by considering the broad context of the choices presented to a design engineer, including considerations of safety and compliance with standards.    Mechanical failure in yielding, buckling, fracture and metal fatigue are addressed.  

Unit content

1. Design, manufacture and assembly of basic machine elements  

2. Materials  

3. Machine frames   

4. Welded, adhesive and bolted joints, fasteners  

5. Stepped shafts  

6. Rolling element bearings  

7. Gear mechanics and manufacture  

8. Design for strength  

9. Design for other mechanical failure modes including fatigue, stress concentration  

10. Safety, ergonomics and standards

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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