Mechanical engineering in simple terms deals with any equipment that moves; this is what makes it perhaps the most broad and diverse of engineering disciplines. The mechanical discipline essentially derives its breadth from the need to design and manufacture everything from small, even nano, individual devices, such as measuring instruments, to large systems such as machine tools and power plants. Easy installation and serviceability are critical to the success of a mechanical system as is operational and design flexibility. Understanding parameters governing the selection and design of mechanical systems is essential for identifying suitable systems for a particular application.
In order to place all these issues in context, a good working knowledge of mechanical principles combined with a solid understanding of key concepts such as force, energy and heat is important. Mechanical power transmission is discussed from the point of view of gears, couplings and bearings. Proper selection and sizing of these critical mechanical components is vital to ensuring optimum performance and improved efficiency of a mechanical system. Recently, fluid engineering has undergone significant change and therefore a detailed overview of the underlying principles of fluid power and its applications is vital. The theory behind heat transfer, the various heat transfer mechanisms and the design of heat exchangers is also examined.
Any study of mechanical systems would be incomplete without including a review of mechanical vibrations. This will help you in monitoring, controlling and analyzing vibrations and in conducting fault diagnoses in mechanical systems. The field of maintenance has evolved into a separate and highly specialized function. An effective maintenance regime helps identify failure symptoms and enables initiation of corrective measures, for preventing unscheduled and sometimes catastrophic failures. Lastly, a discussion on the numerous standards, codes and regulations governing mechanical systems, helps put the whole course into perspective.
Introduction and basic concepts
Units for engineering quantities
Interpretation of mechanical drawings
Friction - importance in mechanical systems, types, static and dynamic friction coefficients
Stress - strain relationship
Properties of engineering materials: strength, hardness, ductility and toughness
Thermal processing of metals and how it affects their properties
Ferrous and non-ferrous alloys
Common failure of modes of materials: Fracture, fatigue, creep and corrosion
Factor of safety
Design for static strength
Keys and keyways
Design for fatigue strength
Gears: Terminologies, types, ratios and gear trains
Gear selection and gearboxes
Troubleshooting gear problems
Bearings: Loads, types, selection and troubleshooting
Belt and chain drives
Torque converters and fluid couplings
Clutches: Types, performance and selection
Brakes: Types, performance and selection
What is a prime mover?
Internal combustion engines
Hydraulic and air motors
Mechanical variable speed drives
Hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders
Comparative merits/demerits of different prime movers
Primer mover selection criteria, applications
Concepts: Viscous flow and Reynolds number
Piping, selection and sizing
Pumps and valves: Types and applications
Fluid engineering symbols and diagrams
Analysis of piping systems
Seals, fittings, flanges gaskets and O-rings
Mechanical seals: Types, selection and maintenance
Laws of thermodynamics
Heat exchangers: Types, maintenance and troubleshooting
Heat: Conduction, convection and radiation
Single degree of freedom system
Terminologies: Amplitude, phase and frequency
Natural frequency of vibration
Multiple degree of freedom system
Vibration measurement: sensors, analysers and interpretation
Use of vibration as a condition monitoring tool
Troubleshooting and correcting unwanted Vibrations
Metal production - foundry process
Cast making and metal melting
Die and precision casting
Heat treatment (hardening and softening)
Hot and cold working of metal
Machining and metal cutting
Broaching, shaping and sawing
Basics of welding and types of welded joints
Objectives, reliability and availability
Breakdown, preventive and predictive maintenance
Standard practices and tools
Factors influencing equipment downtime
Condition monitoring methods
Non-destructive testing and inspections
Planning and inspection schedules
Need for standardization
Mechanical engineering standards
Overview of standards
Benefits of standardization
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Mechanical Engineering encompasses the conceptualisation, design, manufacture, control and maintenance of machines ranging from a conveyer, space shuttle to nanotechnology based objects. In broad terms, mechanical engineering channels the energy and forces in nature to the service of people. The fields in which mechanical engineering professionals operate are wide - ranging from oil and gas, power generation, water utilities, process plants, mining, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and defence.
A diploma in mechanical engineering is ideal for anyone wanting to get involved in the general engineering (whether design or maintenance) of large plants, especially as a plant engineer. Recently, mechanical engineering has begun to include many new systems in the electronics and control arena such as programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and SCADA as these are critical to the control of mechanical devices.
Students in the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) School of Mechanical Engineering can study an Advanced Diploma of Mechanical Engineering with subjects that include: mechanics, structural engineering, drive systems, rotating equipment, hydraulics, pneumatics, lubrication engineering, HVAC, pumps, compressors, machinery safety, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.
The focus in EIT's School of Mechanical Engineering is in providing students with both deep and broad skills in mechanical engineering technology, focusing on real systems. Whilst there is probably not a shortage of theoretically orientated practitioners in mechanical engineering, there is a need for highly skilled, practically oriented engineers, technologists and technicians, due to the rapidly increasing use of new technologies which are becoming a key component of all modern plants and equipment. Studying our mechanical engineering diploma online means you don't have to take extended periods away from existing work commitments.
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