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The course will provide an introduction to Mechanical Engineering, covering fundamental concepts of Applied Mechanics (Statics) and Introduction to Thermofluids.
|Title:||Introduction to Mechanical Engineering|
|Taught by:||Dr. Manish Tiwari (module coordinator)|
Two sets of lectures and tutorials, each with a total of two hours duration per week. Tutorial sheets and other exercises will be used.
Additional online and reading materials will also be provided where students are expected to self-learn. Conceptual ideas learnt will be reinforced through the moderated and student focused solving of tutorial examples and questions.
Practical laboratory classes (one each for Statics and Thermofluids) related to the reinforcement of conceptual ideas taught in this subject will be conducted to provide hands-on experience of engineering structures and systems with mandatory requirement of attendance but no formal assessment.
To pass this course, students must:
Obtain an overall pass mark of 40% for all sections combined
The Statics part will aim to teach the basic analytical methods, that is, the fundamental concepts and techniques of engineering mechanics (Statics). Building on mathematical skills from A-levels Mathematics (including for some students Mechanics modules) and concurrent first year Mathematics course, basic concepts of Statics are introduced, practiced and applied to simple engineering problems. Students will obtain modelling knowledge, tools and experience appropriate for a first year engineering course, providing the foundation for higher level courses.
The second part aims to teach fundamentals of Thermofluid sciences. Building on the mathematical skills and physics learning from the A-levels and the concurrent first year Mathematics course, the basic concepts of control volume and control mass are introduced – this teaches students how to analyse systems with and without flows. These fundamental features are then used to perform mass, momentum and energy balance – both in isothermal and non-isothermal systems – with various levels of assumptions. The energy balance is introduced via the first law of Thermodynamics and solution of several analytical problems drawn from practical engineering applications.