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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 27/06/2022 11:41:23

Title of Module: Design Analysis 3

Code: ENGG10020 SCQF Level: 10
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Tony   Murmu

Summary of Module

Analysis and synthesis of linear translational, torsional and combined (coupled) translational and torsional vibrations, with and without damping. The method of solution will be based on modeling of engineering systems and matrix methods allied to computerised solutions.

Shear stress distribution in beams will be introduced as will shear centre and shear flow.

A range of experimental methods will be investigated for simple continuous systems focusing on experimental modal testing.

 The application of modern methods and equipment for the measurement and analysis of experimental vibration data.

 Analysis of creep in components operating at elevated temperature.

 Plastic analysis of components subject to axial and bending loads.

 The analysis of components containing crack like defects using LEFM and Paris Law.


During the course of this module, students will develop their UWS Graduate Attributes ( ).

Universal:  Academic attributes (critical thinking and analytical & inquiring mind);

Work-Ready: Academic attributes (knowledge); Personal (motivated);

Successful: Academic attributes (autonomous), Personal (imaginative and resilient), Professional (Driven)

This module has been reviewed and updated, taking cognisance of the University’s Curriculum Framework principles. Examples of this are found within the module such as active and engaging laboratory and tutorial activity, module assessment which reflects industry design activities, learning synergies across modules and levels of study and recorded lecture content supporting students to organise their own study time.

Scope of the Module:

  • Shear stress distribution, shear centre and shear flow topics are introduced.

  • Analysis and synthesis of multi mass transverse beam vibrations for multi-degree of freedom problems based upon the transfer matrix approach using field, point (mass), and support matrices excluding damping. The method of solution will be based on modeling of engineering systems and matrix methods allied to computerised solutions.

  • Analysis and synthesis of torsional vibrations for multi-degree of freedom problems including gear inertias and branching effects with and without damping, and based upon the matrix approach. The method of solution will be based of engineering systems and matrix methods allied to computerized solutions. Vibration of Structures.

  • The creep process and the simple secondary creep power law is applied to the range of components to predict failure/rupture, life times and relaxation/recovery in a range of materials including viscoelastic.

  • Shape factors, plastic moment of resistance for symmetrical and unsymmetrical sections. Residual stress and spring back effects. Application to simple engineering components.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Apply a comprehensive knowledge of engineering principles and techniques of fracture and fatigue to appropriate engineering components.

L2. Apply a comprehensive knowledge of engineering principles and techniques creep and plastic analysis to appropriate engineering components.

L3. Select and apply appropriate computational and analytical techniques to model complex problems, discussing the limitations of the techniques employed. Thus solve complex problems in structural analysis.

L4. Formulate and analyse complex design problems of multi degree of freedom vibrational engineering systems using matrix methods.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 10.

A critical knowledge and understanding of advanced mechanics of materials and multi degree of freedom dynamics methods and techniques and how these can be applied to engineering and design strategies.

Specific and detailed knowledge and understanding of the application, techniques and practices associated with matrix methods of analysis of engineering and design problems.

Detailed knowledge of appropriateness of methods and techniques to different problems/scenarios.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 10.

Appling knowledge and understanding to develop modeling and analysis strategies for a wide range of engineering and design problems, using advanced mechanics of materials and multi degree of freedom dynamics techniques.

Assessing different strategies with respect to obtaining appropriate efficient solutions to engineering and design problems.

Select and critically evaluate technical literature and other sources of information to solve complex problems

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 10.

Undertaking, evaluating and assessing complex engineering analysis Making judgments on analytical data and results. Being able to develop conceptual solutions and strategies to advanced mechanics of materials and multi degree of freedom dynamics problems.

Awareness of the limitations of the techniques and theories employed.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 10.

Ability to perform, interpret and evaluate complex numerical, geometrical and graphical data and using it to solve problems.

Ability to use variables and equations. Ability to adapt standard/existing software such as spread sheets to solve complex problems.

Using communications skills to write detailed, critical technical reports, including text and illustration.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 10.

Identifying and addressing their own learning needs both during and out with class time.

Identifying solution routes and strategies using their own initiative and informed judgements.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Design Analysis 2
Other:or equivalent HN qualification
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The learning and teaching activity for this module include lectures, tutorials and problem based learning.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery18
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity18
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop12
Asynchronous Class Activity62
Independent Study90
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

“The Theory of Vibration with Applications”, W. T. Thomson, Taylor Francis, 1st Ed, 2004

“Mechanics of Engineering Materials Vol 2”, E. J. Hearn, Butterworth, 3rd Ed, 1996

“Mechanics of Engineering Materials”, Benham & Crawford & Armstrong, Addison Wesley Longman Higher Education, 3rd Ed, 1997

“Mechanics of Solids & Structures”, D. W. A. Rees, World Scientific Publishing Company; 1st Edition, 2000

‘Vibration of Mechanical and Structural Systems : With microcomputer applications’, James M.L, Smith G.M., Wolford J.C., Whaley P. W Harper and Row

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardEngineering
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelEngineering
External ExaminerM Ghaleeh
Accreditation DetailsThis module is accredited by IMechE as part of BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering.
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Open Book Examination 60%
Coursework 1 20%
Coursework 2 20%
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 3
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 3 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
The programme leaders have considered how the programme meets the requirements of potential students from minority groups, including students from ethnic minorities, disabled students, students of different ages and students from under-represented groups. Students with special needs (including additional learning needs) would be assessed/accommodated and any identified barriers to particular groups of students discussed with the Enabling Support Unit and reasonable adjustments would be made for classes and site visits.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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