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ME30342: Advanced manufacturing technology

[Page last updated: 20 April 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Period:
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites:
Description: Aims:
To introduce the class to modern manufacturing processes at an advanced level, including additive manufacturing techniques for a wide range of materials, manufacturing processes including hybrid processes, process capability and precision in manufacturing.
To explain manufacturing processes and metrology and their application for manufacturing methods and material removal techniques for polymers, composite materials, metals and advanced alloys

Learning Outcomes:
After successfully completing this unit the student will be able to:
* Select manufacturing processes for design requirements for precision manufactured parts, sheet metal parts and complex sculptured surface parts.
* Select the manufacturing processes for composites
* Select manufacturing processes for different industrial sector applications
* Compare and improve processes on the basis of process capability
* Calculate measurement uncertainty for dimensional measurements
* Decide on the conformance to requirements of parts taken into account of measurement uncertainty
* Optimise manufacturing process parameters at planning level
* Calculate the dimensional variability of mechanical assemblies due to tolerance propagation
* Select the manufacturing processes for composite.

Skills:
Problem solving; numeracy; IT; working independently.

Content:
A. Additive Manufacturing
* Introduction to Advanced Manufacturing Technologies
* Additive manufacturing of polymers, ceramics and composite materials
* Additive Manufacturing using Metals and hybrid materials
* Industrial Additive Manufacturing Case Studies.
B. Modern Manufacturing Processes and Precision Manufacturing
* Process Classification
* Conventional manufacturing processes
* Unconventional Manufacturing Processes
* Composite Manufacturing processes
* Hybrid Manufacturing Processes and case studies
C. Process Capability and Metrology
* Process Capability
* Metrology for Process Verification
* Industrial Case Studies

Programme availability:
NB. Postgraduate programme information will be added when the postgraduate catalogues are published in August 2021

ME30342 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • UEME-AFB38 : BEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing and Management (Year 3)
  • UEME-AKB38 : BEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing and Management with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UEME-AFM38 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing and Management (Year 3)
  • UEME-AKM38 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing and Management with Year long work placement (Year 4)

ME30342 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • UEME-AFM04 : MEng(Hons) Aerospace Engineering (Year 4)
  • UEME-AKM04 : MEng(Hons) Aerospace Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)
  • UEME-AFM16 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering (Year 4)
  • UEME-AKM16 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)

Notes:

  • This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2021/22 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2022/23 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2021/22.
  • Programmes and units are subject to change in accordance with normal University procedures.
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