Module Title: Mechanics of Machines 1 English
 Credits: 10
 NFQ Level: 6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures, tutorials along with self-directed study and practical exercises.
Module Aim: To provide the student with an understanding of the underlying scientific principles of Mechanical Engineering
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Interpret written descriptions of practical engineering problems.
LO2 Translate written descriptions into mathematical form.
LO3 Select appropriate mathematical formulae for a given problem.
LO4 Perform experiments on mechanical engineering science topics and interpret the results.
LO5 Model, report & solve mathematical problems using spreadsheets
Pre-requisite learning
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Requirements
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## Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Theory - Units
• Mass, length, time, density, relative density, force, weight and the International system of units
Theory - Motion
• Acceleration, speed, velocity, displacement, motion. • Newton’s laws of motion. • Equations of motion. • Speed-time graphs
Theory - Moments
• Principle of moments. • Centre of gravity. • Moment of a force - couple
Theory - Forces
• Triangle of forces. • Polygon of forces. • Parallelogram of forces. • Resultant of a system of forces • Resolution of forces.
Theory - Friction
• Laws of friction. • Limiting friction. • Friction on horizontal and inclined planes. • Angle of friction and the total reaction
Theory - Work and Power
• Work done by a force. • Power. • Work done by torque. • Tractive effort.
Theory - Momentum
• Elastic collisions. • Conservation of Momentum. • Kinetic Energy. • Potential Energy. • Conservation of Energy
Theory - Machines
• Law of a machine. • Mechanical advantage. • Velocity ratio. • Efficiency and limiting efficiency. • Applications to simple machines
Theory - Stress and Strain
• Direct stress and strain. • Hooke’s law. • Modulus of elasticity
Theory - Circular motion
• Angular velocity and acceleration. • Centripetal force. • Centrifugal force
Theory - Shear Force and Bending Moments
•Define shear forces and bending moments •Define uniformly distributed loads (UDL) •Calculate shear force and bending moment values •Plot shear force and bending moment diagrams
Practical Lab Experiments
Carry out a series of mechanical engineering lab experiments and produce relevant lab reports. Experiments will include: • Triangle of Forces • Polygon of Forces • Principle of Moments • Centre of Gravity • Simple Machines • Stress and Strain • Hooke’s Law • Simple Pendulum • Motion on an inclined plane (Energy Method) • Coefficient of friction (Horizontal Plane) • Coefficient of friction (Inclined Plane) • Pulley drives • Simple and Compound Gear Trains. • Modulus of Rigidity • Young’s Modulus
Computer Applications
• Develop spreadsheets:- • To perform calculations • To produce charts to represent data • For incorporation into laboratory reports
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment15.00%
Practical15.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Each student will be obliged to complete a continuous assessment programme for which 15% will be awarded. This will involve in-class tests and other assigned tasks. 1,2,3,5 15.00 n/a
 No Project
Practical
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Complete lab based experiments and write up relevant technical reports. 1,3,4 15.00 Every Second Week
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam A final written examination will assess the student’s attainment of the module learning outcomes 1,2,3,5 70.00 End-of-Semester
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other - Two written block assessments. - Short multiple choice written assessments.   15.00 n/a
 No Project
Practical
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Complete experiments and write up relevant reports.   15.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam A final written examination will assess the student’s attainment of the learning outcomes of the module.   70.00 End-of-Semester

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