This module provides you with a broadening knowledge of Computer Aided Design tools and the Product Structuring and Definition strategies being used by today’s most successful product developers and manufacturers. By undertaking the module, you will also develop the ability to analyse and evaluate how modern product design orientated organisations could strategically exploit these technologies to achieve higher quality products at the optimum cost and delivered to market in a timely manner.
The MSc Dissertation enables you to undertake an in-depth individual research project in an area directly linked to your subject area and interests. This will ensure that you undertake scholarly work that further develops an aspect of the taught material and thereby contributes to your personal development and training towards professional practice. This module evidences your transformation from undergraduate to master’s level achievement through the process and production of a recognised research output in your subject area.
Effective Project Management is fundamental to ensuring that the full potential of key business processes are realised. This module examines how effective Project Management may be applied to two major aspects of modern manufacturing generic to the majority of industry e.g. Quality and New Product Development. Often entwined these key specialism’s contribute significantly to the success of the enterprise.
This module will enable you to evaluate methodologies and systems available for the evaluation of raw materials and finished parts manufactured by a range of manufacturing methods to include ALM processes and CNC machining. This will allow you to develop a critical understanding of how these quality control and validation processes are employed and exploited by product developers and manufacturers
This module will enable you to evaluate current and emerging rapid manufacturing and prototyping technologies and in so doing develop a critical understanding of how these processes can be employed and exploited by product developers and manufacturers.
By studying this module you will develop the personal and professional skills required to design and undertake research in your chosen subject area at post graduate level.
Besides Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer, the topic of Solid Mechanics is one of the fundamental pillars of Mechanical Engineering. Within this area, there is the field of Stress Analysis which is a vital topic with which the mechanical engineer and any aspiring manager in the field of engineering should be familiar. This topic is known to be a traditional topic, the theoretical foundations of which have been well established in the past but, regarding applications, this area is constantly evolving. This module will allow the student to recall and be fully conversant with the underpinning theoretical principles and build student’s knowledge further to apply these analytical foundations to current industrial issues to model, analyse and contribute to the design of novel components, structures and products. The module will also allow the student to get acquainted with modern, recent developed, techniques to deal with thin-walled structures currently used in the automotive, aerospace and power industries. The module will also address the latest principles governing modern design issues.
This module will allow you to evaluate and interact with current and emerging machining processes used to compete with additive layer manufacturing and prototyping technologies. It will offer you a critical understanding as to how these processes are employed and exploited.
Computational methods are evolving to help automate the optimisation process when using simulation using numerical techniques, identifying options that manual methods may miss through enabling large number of permutations to satisfy multiple objectives. Through parametric integration between geometry (CAD) and simulation, numerical codes can be developed to derive optimum solution. Consequently, this module aims to achieve the said objective through the use of Finite Element Method (FEM) of complex engineering systems and components. The module will further enable a comprehensive understanding of advanced solid mechanics and analytical techniques pertinent to product development and sustainability, and to apply these advanced techniques to synthesise novel designs of a range of engineering systems. Development of custom numerical codes to identify optimum solution to structural problems will be a chosen endeavour in this module.
Whilst all societies rely upon the environment for sources of energy, those choices can have significant social, political, economic and environmental implications. This module will explore the role/prospects that current (solar, wind, biomass, hydro power, geothermal and biofuels) and new (i.e. smart grids) technologies can play in overcoming the impacts associated with conventional energy sources (fossil fuel and nuclear) and energy distribution, supply and storage. Each of these options will be placed within the broader context and specific drivers, which determine the success of their development, uptake, and utilisation.
A holistic appreciation of product life cycle and its management from concept to disposal / recycling is essential for value analysis for businesses. Also, a sound resource efficiency management, material utilisation, system reliability, maintainability, supportability, energy demand management are all essential for sustainable development. This module will address product life cycle management with an aim to design robust products / processes cost effectively while minimising overall carbon footprint and environmental impact. It will also cover aspects of waste and energy management