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ELEC3216 Mechanical Power Transmission and Vibration

Module Overview

The module provides an overview of relevant topics in mechanical power transmission and methodology of vibration analysis for such mechanical assemblies. The main objective of the module is to learn methods of analysis and design of machines and their components, which are relevant to most industrial applications, including Automotive, Marine and Power Engineering transmissions.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The main objective of the module is to illustrate methods of analysis and design of machines and their components relevant to most industrial applications.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The relations between power supply and demand
  • Importance of gear boxes and applications of different configurations: simple, compound, epicyclic and differential
  • Applications of gear boxes and split-power drives
  • Operational principles of hydrostatic pumps and motors
  • Importance of energy storage elements and their applications
  • Mathematical techniques to analyse torsional vibration of drive systems and of flexible rotors
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Tackle multidisciplinary problems as encountered in real engineering systems
Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • To match power supplies to their loads
  • To choose a suitable gear trains: simple, compound, epicyclic and differential
  • To construct a simple gear box and to select correct gears and tooth profiles
  • To select hydrostatic pumps and motors for power transmission systems, and to calculate the torque-speed characteristics
  • To select fluid coupling devices or torque converters based on required torque-speed characteristics
  • To design energy storage elements and to understand their limitations
  • To calculate natural vibrational frequencies of composite assemblies
  • To predict torsional vibration of drive systems which include gearing
  • To analyse dynamics of flexible rotors and the influence of their support bearings
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • To model real engineering systems, to define their power transmission and vibration characteristics

Syllabus

- Matching power converters to their loads. - Gear trains: simple, compound, epicyclic and differential gears, gear tooth profiles, split-power drives, power flows. Automotive and marine applications. - Hydrostatic drives: Hydrostatic pumps and motors, capacities and leakage coefficients, flow-controlled and valve-controlled systems, efficiencies and torque-speed characteristics; comparison with electro-mechanical drives. - Hydrokinetic drives: The fluid coupling and the torque converter, torque-speed characteristics. - Automotive, marine and power-plant applications. - Belts and linkage mechanisms. - Energy storage elements and their limitations. - Natural frequencies of composite assemblies, incorporating component sub-systems, by the use of receptances. - Torsional vibration of drive systems which include gearing. - Rotor dynamics of flexible rotors and the influence of their support bearings.

Learning and Teaching

TypeHours
Lecture36
Completion of assessment task7
Follow-up work18
Wider reading or practice61
Preparation for scheduled sessions18
Revision10
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

D.J.Inman. Engineering Vibration. 

A.Esposito. Fluid Power with Applications Pearson. 

S.S.Rao, Y.F.Fah. Mechanical Vibrations. 

R.Holmes. The Characteristics of Mechanical Engineering and Systems. 

F.S.Tse, I.E.Morse, R.T.Hinkle. Mechanical vibrations : theory and applications. 

C.E.Wilson, J.P.Sadler. Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (2 hours) 90%
Practical assessment 10%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework marks carried forward %
Exam %

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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