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MECH5416: Advanced Design and Analysis (2020 - Semester 1)

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Unit: MECH5416: Advanced Design and Analysis (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Lozzi, Andrei
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: (AMME2301 OR AMME9301) AND (AMME2500 OR AMME9500) AND (MECH2400 OR MECH9400).
Prohibitions: MECH4460.
Brief Handbook Description: 1. This UoS utilises assumed theoretical knowledge and skills to elucidate the stresses and strains that exit in the different categories of machine parts. It sets out to make the students familiar with the simplifications that are applied to arrive at the analytic expressions commonly used to analyse each individual categories parts. These simplifications usually begin by assuming that only particular types of loads are carried by teh parts in that category. The resulting analyses provide approximations to the actual stresses. It is possible to have different degrees of simplifications, requiring more or less work, giving better or poorer approximations. Should a part be used to carry loads that were not allowed for in the traditional method then some more appropriate method must be found or developed. An important aspect is to make the student practiced in a range of modern concepts, techniques and tools, and to be made aware of their strengths and limitations.

2. This UoS teaches the student how to recognise where and how their theoretical skills can be applied to the practical situations that they may encounter in this field of design.

3. Options may be provided in the choice of design assignments. Biomedical engineering and vehicle design problems may be provided as options to more general machine design problems.
Assumed Knowledge: (ENGG1802 OR AMME1802) AND AMME2301 AND AMME2500 AND MECH2400 AND MECH3460. ENGG1802 or AMME1802 - Eng Mechanics; balance of forces and moments AMME2301 - Mechanics of Solids; 2 and 3 dimensional stress and strain AMME2500 - Engineering Dynamics - dynamic forces and moments MECH2400 - Mechanical Design 1; approach to design problems and report writing; and preparation of engineering drawing MECH3460 - Mechanical design 2; means of applying fatigue analysis to a wide range of machine components.
Lecturer/s: Dr Lozzi, Andrei
Timetable: MECH5416 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 13
3 Independent Study 6.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Tutorial: Depending on the size of the class it will be divided into 1 or 2 groups and each group allocated to 1 or 2 tutors. There will be two tutorial hours per week, where the students will be encouraged to ask all likely questions, beginning with the simplest.

Independent Study: The average student is expected to spend at least 6 hours per week to achieve a pass or better.

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
Projects require selection of appropriate maths tools to support engineering analysis and design. (1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)
Identify methods of analysis for the most common categories of machine components (2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4)
Mental set and confidence to be able to rationalize and apply design analysis to a wider range of elements (4) Design (Level 4)
Ability to work in groups and manage the work load realistically according to abilities. (7) Project and Team Skills (Level 2)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018.

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.

(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 2)
1. Ability to work in groups in team projects to achieve an increasingly complete solution to the design requirements
(4) Design (Level 4)
2. To apply modern fatigue life predictions in general to component parts.
3. Consider the range and evolution of CAD systems to aid in the selection of systems for particular duties, for today and in the near future.
4. Use a modern kinematic and dynamic package that is integral with our solid modeler CAD system to simulate articulated machinery and determine joint loads between the parts.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4)
5. Calculate weld thickness for a nominated joint outline, subjected to combined loads.Design a bolted joint to carry shear loads.
6. Design a space frame to carry specified loads and meet dimensional and functional requirements. Make a model of such a frame so that it may be compared with competing frames.
7. Consider the properties strengths and weaknesses of hydrodynamic bearings to lead to proper selection and maintenance.
8. Design or select a coupling that has the appropriate attributes with respect to power and misalignments.
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)
9. Calculate the parameters that define a matched pair of spur gears, leading to the selection of multiple gear pairs in gearboxes.
10. Use a numerical solver to arrive at optimal design dimensions and material properties, provided the invention part of the design is completed and only the size and shape of the design has to be settled.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignments Yes 100.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
Assessment Description: Assignment: Four assignments, at three weeks intervals, that require typed reports with graphs and spreadsheet included. The assignments will be of equal value.

For each assignment students will be guided in detail as to what is required to achieve a pass grade. The advice will be less specific with respect to achieving a Credit or higher grade and they will be encouraged to extend their knowledge and if possible arrive at creative solutions.
Assessment Feedback: When the assignments are marked and returned, the coordinator will discuss in a following lecture the range of solutions proffered, those that followed unadvisable paths, those that were rigorous in their analysis, as well as those that were inventive and shed novel light of possible solutions.
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
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.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
  • Mechanical Design 1 and 2
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.
Note on Resources: Lecture notes will be provided in each topic, but the student is indicated that the nominated text can be used as a complete reference to do all assignments. text/plain

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

Week Description
Week 1 application of solid modeller and a modern FEA package to assemblies
Week 2 Review of fatigue failure mechanisms, the use of fatigue strengths data in a variety of applications.
Week 3 Presentation of modern approaches in designing for a multitude or requirements. The writing of industrial standard reports.
Week 4 Frames and Structures for realistic industrial applications
Week 5 discussion of possible frame designs using principles and inventions
Week 6 discussion of design proposed in the FEA assignments
Week 7 designs and uses of hydrodynamic bearings
Week 8 History and developments of gear designs
Week 9 Examples of the varieties of gear designs used in industry
Week 10 Introduction to principles and applications of clutch and brake designs
Week 11 Discussion of problem proposed to class
Week 12 Presentaion of an explicit version of FEA package, used in crush and forging applications
Week 13 discussion of submited assignments

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Mechanical 2015
Master of Engineering 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Engineering (Mechanical) 2011, 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 2) Yes 10%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 3) No 0%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 4) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 4) Yes 30%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4) Yes 40%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 4) No 0%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 4) Yes 20%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 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.