twitter icon reducedfacebook icon reducedyoutube icon reduced

Featured Video

Understanding the physics of pancakes to save sight

Module Descriptor

MECH2003 Engineering Design

Code MECH2003
Alt. Codes(s) None
Title Engineering Design
2 (Mechanical Engineers) / 3 (EBF Students)
Taught by
Dr Gaetano Burriesci (33%) Module Coordinator
  Dr Paul Hellier (33%) Mr Bernie Eccles (33%)


Students considering registering for this course would normally be expected to have had some previous experience of Engineering Drawing & Design at an introductory level, such as MECH1003 and MECH1005, as well as completed introductory courses in fluid mechanics and thermodynamics.

Course Aims

The emphasis is on the application of established theories to practical case studies.

There are three design exercises:

  •  Design, manufacture and testing of a rotor for a centrifugal pump (Dr Burriesci)

This exercise is a group-based activity aimed at the contextualisation of the fundamental concepts taught in the Theory of Fluid Machines. It provides a platform by which students can exercise their engineering judgement, and intuition, in a practical case study involving the design of an impeller. This experience aims at bridging the gap between theory and practice; encouraging active learning and providing the opportunity for the development of key skills, such as communication, group working and problem solving.

  • Vehicle engine/gearbox matching (Prof Ladommatos)

This exercise aims at gaining understanding of the need for and functions of gearboxes, particularly vehicle gearboxes. Apply this understanding to the matching of a passenger vehicle gearbox to the engine characteristics under steady and transient vehicle speed and load operation.

  • Safety and Reliability in Design (Dr Nightingale / Mr Eccles)

This exercise aims to give students an appreciation of the responsibilities of an engineer in terms of ensuring the safety of the public, company employees and contractors. Following the lectures on mathematical analysis and the assessment of risk, the students’ analytical abilities will be developed through acting as investigators into an industrial incident. Part of the assignment will develop group working skills as well as group presentation skills for the required final oral presentation.

Method of Instruction

Each of the design assignments commences with a series of lectures covering the necessary background and theoretical material, after which the coursework assignment is handed out. The remaining periods allocated to each assignment are available for extra lectures or tutorials.


Coursework submission for all assignments and group oral presentations.

Recommended Reading

Comprehensive course notes are provided


This course focuses on three design projects. They are:

  • Prime mover selection, matching, installation and associated power transmission,
  • Safety and reliability considerations in the design of an engineering system,
  • Rotor design, modeling, prototype manufacture and testing.

Page last modified on 30 sep 13 09:24