MG6033 – Mechanics of Machines

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Module code
Module title
Mechanics of Machines
To enable students to apply problem solving skills to the dynamics of machines in particular power transmission systems.
  • EN1801
  • SC1001
NZQA Level
Level 6
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
1.Analyse the principles of the mechanics of machines and their application in practice.
2.Solve problems involving mechanisms, balancing, vibration, noise, power transmission through clutches, chains, belts, and gears.
3.Select and justify the use of suitable mechanisms for various applications including, balancing, vibration, noise, gears, bearings and lubrication systems.
4.Provide and justify solutions for machine mechanisms problems.

Types of mechanisms, motion analysis, velocity & acceleration, forces, torque and power, problems & troubleshooting.
Single & multiple plane balancing, static & dynamic balance, balancing machines, balancing reciprocating machines.
Free and forced, vibration, self-excitation, natural frequency, resonance, periodic motion, simple harmonic motion, transverse vibration, torsional vibration, whirling of shafts.
Noise measurement, sound intensity, sound pressure, sound fields, noise control.
Gear types, terms and definitions, pressure angle, force, torque, power, epicyclics, and gear ratios.
Power transmission, flywheels, clutches, chain and belt drives, bearings.
Lubrication systems, lubricant performance & principles, system characteristics & applications, system selection & specification, troubleshooting.
Assessment Criteria
Assessment 1Assignment20
Assessment 2Project/ Laboratory
Assessment 3Examination50