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Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering covers a very broad field: the main areas are mechanics, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, materials, and design, but topics in control and instrumentation are also relevant. Many students will choose to specialise either in the "dry" side of the subject (mechanics, materials, design) or the "wet" side (fluids and thermodynamics), but combinations of courses can be found to suit many different career paths, some of which cut across this divide.

Third Year

Students intending to qualify in this Engineering Area must include at least six of the modules listed below in their third year. It would be prudent to discuss with your Director of Studies before choosing a very eclectic mix of courses, in case a lack of overlap makes the workload unusually high.

Number and title of module
3A1   Fluid mechanics I (double module)
3A3   Fluid mechanics II (double module) 
3A5   Thermodynamics and power generation
3A6   Heat and mass transfer
3B4   Electric drive systems
3C1   Materials processing and design
3C5   Dynamics
3C6   Vibration
3C7   Mechanics of solids
3C8   Machine design
3C9   Fracture mechanics of materials and structures
3D3   Structural materials and design
3D7   Finite element methods
3D8   Building physics and environmental geotechnics
3F1    Signals and systems
3F2    Systems and control
3G2    Mathematical physiology
3G4    Medical imaging and 3D computer graphics
3G5    Biomaterials
3M1    Mathematical methods
4C4    Design methods
4M12    Partial differential equations and variational methods
4M16   Nuclear power engineering

Recommended Engineering Area Extension Activity: Design and performance of a portable motor-generator set or Failure analysis or Flow visualisation or IC engine performance/emissions or Investigation of the design of CD players

Fourth Year

Students intending to qualify in this Engineering Area in the fourth year must include four modules from the list below:

Number and title of module
4A2   Computational fluid dynamics
4A3   Turbomachinery
4A7   Aerodynamics
4A9   Molecular thermodynamics
4A10   Flow instability
4A12   Turbulence and vortex dynamics
4A13   Combustion and IC engines
4B13   Electronic sensors and instrumentation
4B19   Renewable electrical power
4C2   Designing with composites
4C3   Electrical and nano materials
4C4   Design methods
4C5   Design case studies
4C6   Advanced linear vibration
4C7   Random and non-linear vibrations
4C8   Applications of dynamics
4C9   Continuum mechanics
4C15   MEMS: design
4C16   Advanced machine design
4D6   Dynamics in civil engineering
4D17   Plate and shell structures
4F1   Control system design
4F7   Digital filters and spectrum estimation
4G4   Biomimetics
4G5   Molecular modelling
4G6   Cellular and molecular biomechanics
4I5   Nuclear materials
4I10   Nuclear reactor engineering
4I11   Advanced fission and fusion systems
4M6    Materials and processes for microsystems (MEMS)
4M12    Partial differential equations and variational methods
4M16   Nuclear power engineering
4M17   Practical optimization
4M20   Robotics