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AMME5310: Engineering Tribology (2017 - Semester 1)

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Unit: AMME5310: Engineering Tribology (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: A/Prof Jabbarzadeh, Ahmad
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: The aim is to teach students in the undergraduate and postgraduate levels basic concepts about friction, lubrication and wear applicable to design and operation of mechanical systems used in engineering, industrial, and modern applications. Examples of these systems are lubrication of internal combustion engines, gearboxes, artificial hip/knee joints, and micro/nano electromechanical systems.
Assumed Knowledge: (AMME2302 OR AMME9302) AND (AMME2301 OR AMME9301) AND (MECH3261 OR MECH9261).
Department Permission Department permission is required for enrollment in this session.
Lecturer/s: A/Prof Jabbarzadeh, Ahmad
Dr Chang, Li
Timetable: AMME5310 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Laboratory 3.00 4
3 Tutorial 3.00 8
4 Seminar 3.00 1
T&L Activities: Tutorial/Lab/Seminar: One 3hr session per week

Students are expected to attend all lectures, tutorials, laboratory and complete all tutorial problems, activities, experiments, read articles and book chapters on reading lists, and undertake further self-directed research.

Approximately 6 hours per week of private study outside lectures and tutorial classes will be required to complete the tutorial/lab tasks, reading, and to work on the major project.

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
To design efficient tribological contacts for various engineering applications by using theoretical and experimental means. Design (Level 3)
Develop the essential knowledge both practical and theoretical in the field of tribology. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
Be able to use theoretical models to conduct calculations important in design and characterization of tribological contacts and use experimental means to practically quantify their properties. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)
Learn how to use scientific software and search engines to conduct literature search and review for engineering problems related to tribology Information Seeking (Level 3)
Be able to organize and communicate knowledge related to tribology analysis in form of written reports and oral presentations. Communication (Level 3)
Be able to work individually and within a group to complete assignments and group projects. Professional Conduct (Level 2)
Be able to mange a major project in a timely manner towards its objectives. Project and Team Skills (Level 3)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Design (Level 3)
1. • The students will be able to relate the composition of lubricant film, and its properties and operational conditions such as load, temperature and speed to make correct designs for the type of applications in the industry and modern technology.
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
2. Students will have a good understanding of basic and advanced theory of friction, lubrication and wear. This will include, dry friction, hydrodynamic, elasto-hydrodynamic (EHL), and boundary lubrication, wear mechanisms and nano/bio tribology. They will use experiments and theory to work on a practical project.
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)
3. • The students will be able to calculate and measure properties of contacting surfaces such roughness, friction coefficient, and adhesion strength. They will understand the difference between properties of materials such as metals, polymers, ceramics and biomaterials, and their tribological applications.
4. • The students will learn how to use a tribometer, surface profilometer and other tools used in tribology. They will also be familiar with some computational methods that are used in advanced applications such as nanotribology.
Information Seeking (Level 3)
5. The students will be familiarized with available scientific search engines for literature review to conduct their projects.
Communication (Level 3)
6. The students will learn how to prepare reports and present their findings in a professional manner in seminars.
Professional Conduct (Level 2)
7. Students will learn how to work within a group to conduct independent research and share work load to achieve common objectives towards conducting a project.
Project and Team Skills (Level 3)
8. The students will learn how to conduct a major project in timely manner to achieve its objectives using the knowledge gained and the resources provided.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment 1 No 10.00 Week 6 (Friday, 5 pm) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8,
2 Lab Reports Yes 20.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 3, 4, 5, 7,
3 *Draft Major Project Yes 10.00 Week 9 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
4 Assignment 2 No 10.00 Week 11 (Friday, 5 pm) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8,
5 Final Major Project Yes 40.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
6 Seminar No 10.00 Week 13 5, 6, 7,
Assessment Description: Assignment: Due on 5:00 PM of Friday of Week 6. Late assignment will receive a penalty of 10% per calendar day.

Lab Reports: Are due one week after attending the Lab.

*Draft Major Project: Due on 5:00 PM of Friday of Week 9. Late report will receive a penalty of 10% per calendar day. Submission of draft major project report is compulsory, and prerequisite to submission of final report.

Final Major Project: Due on 5:00 PM of Friday of Week 13. Late report will receive a penalty of 10% per calendar day.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
  • Engineering Tribology

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Lecture: Introduction to Tribology
Week 2 Tutorial: Introductory problems on surface characterization
Lecture: Engineering Surfaces
Week 3 Lab: Profiling and measuring surface roughness
Lecture: Lubricant properties
Week 4 Tutorial: Tutorial problems.
Lecture: Lubrication regimes-hydrodynamic lubrication
Week 5 Lab: Lubricant Properties Rheology Lab
Lecture: Elastrohydrodynamics lubrication (EHL)
Week 6 Lecture: Boundary lubrication
Lab: Measuring friction of lubricated and dry contacts
Assessment Due: Assignment 1
Week 7 Lecture: Dry/mixed/solid lubrication and contacts
Tutorial: Tutorial problems and activities
Week 8 Lecture: Wear
Lab: Wear test and characterization
Week 9 Tutorial: Tutorial problems and activities
Lecture: Bio- Tribology
Assessment Due: *Draft Major Project
Week 10 Lecture: Space Tribology
Lab: Biotribology of artificial joints and implants
Week 11 Lecture: Nanotribology- friction and lubrication at the atomic scale
Tutorial: Tutorial activity/demonstration of nano-indentation and Atomic force microscopy (AFM) imaging
Assessment Due: Assignment 2
Week 12 Tutorial problems and activities
Lecture: Case studies
Week 13 Lecture: Case studies
Assessment Due: Final Major Project
Assessment Due: Seminar

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Mechanical Mid-Year 2016, 2017
Mechanical 2015, 2016, 2017
Mechanical / Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017
Mechanical / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Mechanical / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017
Mechanical / Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Mechanical / Law 2015, 2016, 2017
Mechanical (Space) 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Arts 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Commerce 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Project Management 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Science 2015
Mechanical (till 2014) 2014
Mechanical Engineering / Commerce 2014
Mechanical Engineering / Project Management 2014
Mechanical Engineering / Science 2014
Mechanical Engineering / Law 2014
Mechanical (Space) (till 2014) 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Arts 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Project Management 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Science 2014
Master of Engineering 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Master of Professional Engineering (Aerospace) 2013, 2014
Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical) 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical) 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 3) Yes 16%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4) Yes 11.5%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4) Yes 26.5%
Information Seeking (Level 3) Yes 15%
Communication (Level 3) Yes 12%
Professional Conduct (Level 2) Yes 12%
Project and Team Skills (Level 3) Yes 7%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.