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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


MECH201P Manufacturing and Design

The module covers the process of engineering design, manufacturing methods, and the relationship between them. It builds on the introductory material covered in MECH102P (Mechanical Engineering Practical Skills) and MECH105P (Fundamentals of Materials).

  1. To train students in the methodology of all stages of engineering design: from the analysis of the client statement to the manufacturing of the design.
  2. To develop the practical, theoretical, and computational engineering skills relevant to the design process
  3. To develop an appreciation of sustainability in engineering design, and an understanding of how design decisions can affect the environmental and economic costs of the design and product.
Code: MECH201P
Alt Codes: None
Title: Manufacturing and Design
Level: 1
UCL Credits/ECTS: 0.5/7.5
Start: September
End: April
Taught By: Dr. Eral Bele


  • ENGS102P Design and Professional Skills
  • MECH102P Mechanical Engineering Practical Skills
  • MECH105P Fundamentals of Materials

Method of Instruction

  • Weekly lectures and student-led learning in design scenarios.
  • Each lecture will consist of describing the conceptual framework and where appropriate¬†model calculations to support the concept being demonstrated.
  • Each thematic lecture will be supported by independent student work, case studies, and supervised tutorials, where design activities will take place.
  • Independent-E-learning will be introduced through online tutorials on the materials and process selection methodology.


  • Logbook / design report (50%)
  • Testing of design prototype (20%)
  • Final presentation (30%)

To pass this course students must:

  • Obtain an overall pass mark of 40% for all sections combined.


The topics that will be taught include:

Engineering Design:

1) Transformation of a client statement to an engineering problem statement

2) F/O/C decomposition of design requirements

3) Evaluation of design requirements

4) Design evaluation methods

Materials Selection in Mechanical Design:

1) Material property charts

2) Material performance indices for strength, stiffness, fracture toughness, and thermal

performance designs

3) Design for multiple constraints and conflicting objectives

Manufacturing Processes:

1) Shaping processes

2) Finishing processes

3) Joining processes

4) Selection methodology for manufacturing processes

Sustainable development of engineering designs:

1) Design life cycle analysis

2) Eco-selection of materials and processes

Assessment of sustainable development

General Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of design methodologies
  • Apply the materials selection methodology in designs for strength, stiffness, weight savings, fracture resistance, and thermal applications
  • Obtain a working knowledge of computational materials/process selection tools and deepen existing knowledge on CAD tools.
  • Understand the environmental & economic costs of making products and recycling
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