DSGN07098 2019 Machine Design

General Details

Full Title
Machine Design
Transcript Title
Machine Design
N/A %
Subject Area
DSGN - Design
MENG - Mech. and Electronic Eng.
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Conall Doran
Programme Membership
SG_EMECL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering SG_EPREC_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Precision Engineering and Design SG_EPREC_J07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Precision Engineering and Design

The aim of this module is to introduce the learner to the design and selection of key mechanical engineering components as used in machines. The module will provide an overview of the design process for a machine.  It will examine the design and selection of mechanical engineering elements such as bearings, shafts, gears, belts, chains and clutches. Finally, the module will examine CE marking and the Machinery Directive, which is central to machinery design, construction, integration and marketing.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Use the engineering design process to develop design specifications.


Select and analyse mechanical engineering components such as bearings, gears, belts, chains, brakes and clutches, seals and gaskets.


Evaluate deflections and critical speeds of shafts.


Demonstrate competence in the application of aspects of the CE marking process.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The theoretical and background material will be presented through a series of lectures.

This module will be delivered using blended learning techniques. The theoretical and background material will be presented through a series of online lectures. 

Module Assessment Strategies

Written Exam

The student's achievement of learning outcomes 2,3 & 4 will be assessed with a final exam.


Achievement of learning outcome 1 will be assessed with a written report.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessment may require a written report, final exam or both.

Indicative Syllabus

1. The design process and development of specifications using formal design methods

2. Bearings : overview of all bearings types and their applications, selection and design of plain bearing & rolling element bearings

3. Shaft Design : overview of shaft features such as steps, keyways, splines, analysis of load, torsion, stress concentrations, deflection, critical speed and end thrust.

4. Gears : overview of all gear types and their applications. Gear selection including gear tooth geometry, gear train analysis, gear forces and contact stresses.

5. Belts and chain drives : comparison of belts and chains, analysis of flat belt and V-belt drives, selection and specification of chains and belts.

6. Clutches and brakes: overview of clutch and brake. Analysis of plate clutches and disc/drum brakes.

7. Seals : overview of seals and gaskets

8. Fastener selection, screw types, torque tension relationship.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
30 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
70 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Design Project Continuous Assessment Written Report 30 % End of Term 1

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 70 % End of Semester 2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 4 Weekly 4.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Directed Learning Not Specified Directed Learning 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 6 Weekly 6.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2013-09-24 Mechanical Design Engineering Handbook Butterworth Heinemann
ISBN 0080977596 ISBN-13 9780080977591

Mechanical Design Engineering Handbook is a straight-talking and forward-thinking reference covering the design, specification, selection, use and integration of machine elements fundamental to a wide range of engineering applications. Develop or refresh your mechanical design skills in the areas of bearings, shafts, gears, seals, belts and chains, clutches and brakes, springs, fasteners, pneumatics and hydraulics, amongst other core mechanical elements, and dip in for principles, data and calculations as needed to inform and evaluate your on-the-job decisions. Covering the full spectrum of common mechanical and machine components that act as building blocks in the design of mechanical devices, Mechanical Design Engineering Handbook also includes worked design scenarios and essential background on design methodology to help you get started with a problem and repeat selection processes with successful results time and time again. This practical handbook will make an ideal shelf reference for those working in mechanical design across a variety of industries and a valuable learning resource for advanced students undertaking engineering design modules and projects as part of broader mechanical, aerospace, automotive and manufacturing programs. Clear, concise text explains key component technology, with step-by-step procedures, fully worked design scenarios, component images and cross-sectional line drawings all incorporated for ease of understanding. Provides essential data, equations and interactive ancillaries, including calculation spreadsheets, to inform decision making, design evaluation and incorporation of components into overall designs. Design procedures and methods covered include references to national and international standards where appropriate.

Required Reading
2010-01-29 Shigley's Mechanical Engineering Design McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
ISBN 0073529281 ISBN-13 9780073529288

Shigleys Mechanical Engineering Design is intended for students beginning the study of mechanical engineering design. Students will find that the text inherently directs them into familiarity with both the basics of design decisions and the standards of industrial components. It combines the straightforward focus on fundamentals that instructors have come to expect, with a modern emphasis on design and new applications. The ninth edition of Shigleys Mechanical Engineering Design maintains the approach that has made this book the standard in machine design for nearly 50 years.

Required Reading
2017-04-13 Machine Elements in Mechanical Design Pearson
ISBN 0134441184 ISBN-13 9780134441184

The concepts, procedures, data, and analysis techniques needed to design and integrate machine elements into mechanical devices and systems. For over three decades students and practicing engineers have used Machine Elements in Mechanical Design to learn about the principles and practices of mechanical design. They have either continued to use the text in their careers, or have newly discovered it as an invaluable resource in their work. With an emphasis on applying the technology of various machine elements while considering those elements in the context of the larger machine, this text references a broad array of available resources, from industrial sources to professional organizations. It promotes practical decision making in design and provides excellent preparation for moving from an academic environment to a professional position with strong, long-term growth potential. Continuing the book's emphasis on proven approaches and the use of readily available materials, and its focus on practical, safe, and efficient design, this edition includes new content and adjustments contributed by the two new coauthors and features stronger technical content in stress analysis, a wider set of technical topics, and beautiful enhancements to the visual attractiveness of the book throughout numerous new full-color graphic illustrations. Appreciated for its readability, while recognized for its technical strength and comprehensive coverage of the material, Machine Elements in Mechanical Design is the ideal guide to the skills and knowledge needed for success in this field.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Childs, Peter (2004), "Mechanical Design", Elsevier, 2nd Ed

Budynas, Richard and Nisbett, Keith, (2011), "Shigley's Mechanical Engineering Design", McGraw-Hill, 9th Ed

Shigley, Joseph (2001), "Mechanical Engineering Design", McGraw-Hill, 6th Ed.

Journal Resources


URL Resources


Machinery Directive : https://osha.europa.eu/en/legislation/directives/directive-2006-42-ec-of-the-european-parliament-and-of-the-council

Other Resources


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