BACHELOR OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (honours)


Programme Aims and Objectives

 Introduction

Mechanical engineering concerns the design, construction and use of mechanical devices. This covers a broad range of machines such as internal combustion engines, industrial equipment and manufacturing plants. The program offers students the opportunity to learn real-world engineering principles, analyse and interpret machine performance and detailed analysis of machines.

 

Students studying Mechanical engineering cover a wide range of topics including mechanics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and materials. Students will carry out individual project work, which allows them to apply the knowledge they have gained during their studies to a problem in Mechanical engineering as well as visit industrial sites,

The Mechanical engineer developed by this program is a skilled, practical engineer with the knowledge of machine design who will have opportunity to work in a mining sector, manufacturing plants, cements plants etc. both locally and abroad.

Rationale

A degree programme in Mechanical Engineering provide support and expertise to those areas in schools such as mines and mineral sciences, business, natural resources and the built environment which all have components of mechanical engineering in their curricular. Job opportunities for graduating students are plentiful, encompassing both the private and public sectors. The degree is popular to school leavers and current employees in both the private and public sectors who may wish to upgrade their qualifications.

Program details

First and second year courses curses are done in School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Third Year

Laplace Transforms

Application of Laplace transforms to solve differential equations

Fourier series

Fourier Transforms

Multiple Integration

Vector Algebra

Vector calculus

Partial Differential equations

Functions of complex variables

z- transforms and difference equations

Crystal structures of materials

Strengthening Mechanisms

Diffusion

Nucleation and Growth

Creep

Fatigue

Brittle Fracture

Properties and uses of metals

The Design Process

Design and Manufacture Interface

Product Development (total approach

Design for Sustainability and the Environment

Engineering Design Methods

Dimensioning and Tolerancing

ELEMENTS OF FLUID MECHANICS

FLUID STATICS

BASIC FLUID DYNAMICS

ENERGY EQUATIONS

MOMENTUM EQUATION

BEHAVIOUR OF REAL FLUIDS

FLOW IN PIPES

OPEN CHANNEL FLOW

INTRODUCTION

PROPERTIES OF PURE SUBSTANCES

WORK AND HEAT

THE FIRST LAW OF THERMODYNAMICS

THE SECOND LAW OF THERMODYNAMICS

ENTROPY

REVERSIBLE WORK, IRREVERSIBILITY AND AVAILABILITY

GAS POWER CYCLES

VAPOUR POWER CYCLES

REFRIGERATION CYCLES

COMBUSTION

MECHANISMS

VELOCITY IN MECHANISMS

ACCELERATION IN MECHANISMS

FRICTION

BELTS, ROPES & CHAIN DRIVES

GEARS & GEARINGS

GEAR TRAINS

  1. BALANCING OF ROTATING MASSES
  2. LONGITUDINAL & TRANSVERSE VIBRATIONS
  3. TORSIONAL VIBRATIONS

Mechanical properties of materials

Stress and strain

Theory and buckling of columns

Deflection of beams and shafts

Transverse shear

Stress transformation

Strain transformation

Torsion

Energy methods

Continuous beams

Bending

Combined loading

Conservation Principles

Laplace Solution Method

Introduction to modelling forms

Mechanical systems

Electrical systems

Electromechanical systems

Performance specifications

Fluid systems

Thermal systems

System identification

Frequency response

Introduction to control systems

  1. Introduction to Internal Combustion Engines
  2.  Cycles and Processes for ICE’s;
  3. Performance of ICE’s
  4. Systems for ICE’s
  5. New Engine Concepts
  6. Fuels and Their Chemical Reactions in Combustion
  7. Steam Turbines
  8. Gas Turbines
  9. Exhaust Emissions from Engine Combustion and their Control.

Engineering design process and its structure.

Searching for design concepts;

Concept of manufacturing;

Need for integration-commercial, economic and technological perspective;

Product and process design- for integration;

DESIGN

Problem solving techniques.
Development and use of applicable analytical techniques used in proving a design solution.

Production of 3-D models and assemblies in support of a design solution.
Research and investigation into design possibilities, component or system availability and incorporation into a design, justification for a design configuration, innovation or adaptation.
Writing a project report containing an explanation and justification of the design.

FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS OF LINEAR ELASTIC PROBLEMS:

 

INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS:

Introduction to Machine design

Failure Prevention- Static Failure

Failure Prevention- Fatigue failure

Introduction to Analysis tools- Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

Reliability and Quality control in design

Tolerances and fits

Gears

Shafts

Hydrostatic bearings

Clutches, coupling and Brakes

Springs

Bolted, riveted and welded joints

Belts and pulleys

Power transmission systems

Dynamic load systems

Professional communication techniques

The Role of Statistics in Engineering

Descriptive Statistics

Probability

Discrete Random Variables and Probability Distributions

Continuous Random Variables and Probability Distributions

Joint Probability Distribution

Sampling Distributions and Point Estimation of Parameters

Statistical Interval for a Single sample

Tests of Hypotheses for a Single Sample

Design and Analysis of Single-Factor Experiments: The Analysis of Variance

Fifth Year

DESIGN

Problem solving techniques

Production of 3-D models and assemblies in support of a design solution.

Writing a project report containing an explanation and justification of the design.

Introduction to Principles of Management

Entrepreneurship

Developing Mission, Vision, and Values, Strategizing

Motion of a Single Particle

Motion of Systems of Particles

2D Motion of Rigid Bodies

Introduction to Lagrangian Dynamics

Mechanical Vibrations

Introduction to alternative energy.

Renewable energy

Co-generation

Energy Efficiency

Energy and Environment

Introduction

Air Refrigeration Cycles

Air Refrigeration systems

Simple Vapour Compression Systems

Compound Vapour Compression Systems

Multi-evaporator and Compressor Systems

Vapour Absorption Refrigeration Systems

Refrigerants

Refrigerant Compressors

Condensers

Evaporators

Expansion Devices

Food Preservation

Low Temperature Refrigeration (Cryogenics)

Steam Jet Refrigeration System

Psychometry

Comfort Conditions

Air Conditioning Systems

Cooling Load Estimation

Ducts

1.Introduction and Basic Concepts

2.Heat conduction Equation

3. Steady Heat Conduction

4.Transient Heat Conduction

5.Numerical Methods in Heat Conduction

6.Fundamentals of Convection

7 Heat. Exchangers

8.0 Fundamentals of Thermal Radiation

9.0 Mass Transfer.

Basic turbo machinery concepts

Similarity laws in turbomachinery and dimensional analysis

Cavitation

Hydro power generation

Pelton wheel

Francis Turbine

Torque convertors and hydraulic couplings

Wind turbine

  • Theory of automobiles.
  1. Vehicle performance
  2. Braking theory
  3. Wheel, suspension and vibration characteristics
  4. Fuel economy characteristics
  5. Design and construction features of automobiles
  6. Brake testing, wheels, tyres and suspension system;
  7. Introduction to transport organisation.

FUNDAMENTALS OF CONTACT BETWEEN SOLIDS

FRICTION

WEAR

PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF LUBRICANTS

LUBRICANTS AND THEIR COMPOSITION:

HYDRODYNAMIC LUBRICATION :

HYDROSTATIC LUBRICATION:

ELASTOHYDRODYNAMIC LUBRICATION

BOUNDARY AND EXTREME PRESSURE LUBRICATION:

BEARING SELECTION


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