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ME50344: Engineering systems simulation

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework 1 (CW 33%)
  • Coursework 2 (CW 33%)
  • Coursework 3 (CW 34%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
To introduce the students to procedures for establishing mathematical models of engineering systems. To introduce commercial software packages for the solution of the mathematical models and to examine the relative merits of different approaches. To enhance technical report writing skills.

Learning Outcomes:
After successfully completing this unit the student will be able to:
* Make the realistic judgements necessary to develop mathematical models of complex engineering systems.
* Undertake a critical appraisal of the simulation results and to have an appreciation of the limitations imposed by the assumptions made and the method of solution adopted. Apply commercial software packages for the prediction of engineering systems performance.
* Assess the reliability of the results in the presence of modelling uncertainty and parameter variations.

Problem solving; IT; written communication; numeracy; working independently.

Role of simulation in design. Analysis of dynamic systems in the time domain and frequency domain. Linearisation methods. Modelling of discontinuities and non-linearities. Simulink and Matlab modelling. Multi-body simulation.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ME50344 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering Department of Mechanical Engineering


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