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MSc(Mechanical Engineering)


Course Synopsis


M6104 Advanced Mechanics of Materials
Analysis of stress, stress transformations, Cauchy formula, equations of equilibrium, principal stresses and stress invariants. Analysis of strain, infinitesimal and finite strains, compatibility. Constitutive equations, linear elastic, plastic and viscoelastic behaviour. Boundary value problems: fundamentals, 1-D and 2-D (plane strain and stress).

M6801 Advanced Thermal Engineering
Principles of Convection; Equations of Boundary Layers; Momentum transfer; Heat transfer; Mass transfer; Convective heat transfer at high velocity; Applications. (new course; the contents are subjected to further modification)

M6802 Engineering Measurements
Advanced principles of measurement that examine the static and dynamic characteristics of instruments. The design of measurement system through the application of sensing and signal conditioning elements for data acquisition. Overview of the operations of some specialised measurement systems which have important industrial applications.

M6803 Computational Methods in Engineering
Overview of computational requirements in engineering. Review of fundamentals: Number systems and error analysis, convergence and accuracy. algorithms and data structures, software engineering principles. Functions and derivatives. Approximation. Interpolation and quadrature. Eigenvalue problems. Systems of equations. Optimisation. Numerical solutions to ODEs and PDEs. Use of a symbolic computing package: MATLAB


L6103 Supply Chain: Strategy and Design
Customer Service Dimension. Measuring Logistics Costs and Performance. Benchmarking the Supply Chain. Managing the Global Pipeline. Strategic Lead-Time Management. Strategic Alliances and Supplier Partnership Programme. Managing the Supply Chain. Supply Chain Integration and Optimisation. Actual vs. the Virtual / Extended Enterprise Concept. Strategic Application of IT in Supply Chain Management. Supplier Selection Strategies and Criteria.

M6102 Advanced Materials Engineering
Metallic materials and composites: metallurgical fundamentals and fracture, copper, stainless steels, advanced composite materials, heat resistant superalloys. Selection and service performance of materials: materials selection in design, materials testing, failure of engineering materials. Polymeric materials: polymer synthesis and classification, engineering polymers, polymer blends, liquid crystalline polymers. Ceramic materials: functional ceramics, optical ceramics, magnetic ceramics, colossal magneto-resistant ceramics, case studies. Superconductors.

M6141 Quality Engineering
Quality concepts, statistical process control, process improvement, design of experiments, reliability, quality management systems and design, product liability. Case studies and examples of industrial applications will be used throughout the course. The course develops an appreciation of advanced quality engineering techniques and a perception of how quality can be built into all stages of a product life cycle.

M6205 Systems Simulation & Modeling 
Discrete-event simulation; Basic model-building blocks; Simulation of global manufacturing facilities; System life cycle analysis; Simulation validation and verification; Continuous Simulation; Supply Chain Modelling; Simulation Case Study.

M6235 Advanced Manufacturing Processes
Manufacturing processes; nature and various methods of raw materials for shaping. Emphasis on  the link between the nature of the process to the shapes, dimensions and properties that can be achieved. Case study.

M6301 Advanced Metrology & Sensing System

International standards, linear and geometric tolerances. Surface, mechanical and optical metrology. Pneumatic and hydraulic devices for measurement. Transducers for in-process and post-process measurements, piezo devices, signal handling and processing, computer-aided-metrology, residual stress measurement. Scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy and electron probe micro analysis.

M6303 Fundamentals of Precision Engineering
History of precision engineering. Principles and definitions of precision machine design. State-of-the art in research, prototyping and full production from ultra precision machining through micro-engineering, microelectronics and molecular manipulation. Application of displacement transducers to machines and instruments. Tolerance technology.

M6304 Ultraprecision and Micromachining Processes
Atomic structure, electrical and physical properties of atoms. Diamond turning, grinding and polishing. Effects of tooling, material and the environment on the surface characteristics of workpieces. Material removal using electron, photon, or ion beams. Molecular beam epitaxy, chemical and physical vapour deposition. Advanced sputtering and ion-implantation. Deposition techniques, process controls, and film characteristics.

M6328 Optical Engineering
Coherent optics: fundamentals, theory, fibre optics. Geometrical optics: paraxial optics, monochromatic and chromatic aberrations, computer evaluation of optical systems, spot diagrams, MTF. Light sources, detectors and imaging systems. Industrial laser applications and optical systems. Optical interferrometry: applications to precision measurement. Optical materials and precision manufacturing of optical components.

M6329 Micro Electro Mechanical Systems

Development of MEMS. Definition of terminology, Operation modes, transducer and sensing theory. Basic design considerations, Choice of Damping factors, Management of Stiction, Design Rules, Design packages, Simulations, Optimisation. Review of basic fabrication processes. Introduction to advanced fabrication techniques. LIGA, electroplating. Micro-moulding, non-silicon substrates. Wafer bonding. Robotics. Vision systems. Wafer dicing and sawing. Chemical dicing. Packaging considerations, Damping, Dynamic Modal Evaluation, Reliability Assessment, Sensitivity, Bandwidth, Linearity, Cross-talk determination, temperature sensitivity. Assembly techniques including robotics. Open or closed loop operation. Force balanced sensors. Critical Damping, Minimising device limitations, CMOS control design. Case studies of commercial available devices as well as devices presently under development.

M6330 Optical Design
The course will detail optical design methodologies for optical components and system. it will also discuss evaluation of these designs and their packaging. In addition, optical materials and design for manufacturing would be discussed. Finally design of some typical imaging and non-imaging systems will be exemplified.

M6331 Optical Metrology & Instrumentation
Introduction to Optical Metrology, Optical Metrology - Fundamentals, Interferometers and Profilometers, Confocal and Phase shifting interferometry, Metrology of diffuse objects, Structured light, grating and moire methods, holography and speckle metrology, optical shop testing, Inspection, Imaging and Testing systems. 

M6401 Product Design & Development
Multi-disciplinary approach to product design and development. Product development process and strategies. Need identification and product specifications. Generation and evaluation of ideas and concepts. Product architecture. Product aesthetics and form creation. Product semantics and identity.

M6402 Advanced Microprocessor Applications
Microprocessor architecture and concepts. Microprocessor families. Software building blocks and expansion methods. I/O interfacing and software development tools. Signal Processing in mechatronics.

M6404 Advanced Mechanism Design
Overview of mechanism design and simulation. Analytical synthesis. Advanced mechanism synthesis. Computer-aided kinematic modelling and analysis. Computer-aided dynamic modelling and analysis.

M6423 Prototype & Rapid Prototyping
Introduction to prototyping. Soft and virtual prototyping. Fundamentals of rapid prototyping. Rapid prototyping systems. Rapid prototyping data format. Applications of rapid prototyping.

M6605 Human Factors Experimental Design 
This course will cover basic statistics, experimental design, non-parametric statistics as well as other common statistical methods.

M6607 Accident Causation and Safety Management
This course will introduce students to accident and safety analysis. It will also cover individual and cognitive factors, accidents in the organisational context, physiological and biomechanical aspects of work and safety, as well as occupational safety and health and safety management.

M6810 Ship Design and Construction
This course covers Ship Design Process, General Arrangement Design, Hull Outfit & Fittings, Machinery Consideration, Mission & Owners Requirements, Statutory Rules, Contract & Specification, Cost Estimating, Design/Production Integration, Shipbuilding Process, Shipyard Layout and Equipment. 

M6811 Ship Hydrodynamics
This course covers Mathematical and physical models, Ship Resistance, Propulsion of Ships, Ship maneuvering, Ship Vibration. 

M6812 Ship Structures
This course covers Structural arrangment and component design, Analysis and design of ship structure, Ship Hull materials, Composites, Ship Structural Integrity.

M6813 Ship Dynamics
This course covers Ship and the sea; Motion in Waves; Ocean Waves, Ship response to regular waves, Ship in a seaway, Derived response, Control of Ship Motions, Assessing Ship Seaway Performance, Design Aspects; Controllability; General principles, Theory & Analysis, Influence of Factors of Environment and Channel Restrictions, Hydrodynamics of Control Surfaces, Maneuvering Trials and Performance Requirements, Application to Design, Design of rudder and other control devices. 

M6814 Marine Engineering
This course covers Machinery Plant & Propulsion System, Marine Electrical Systems & Auxiliary Machinery, Mechanical Transmission Systems and Marine Control Systems.   

M6815 Biofabrication
Introduction to tissue engineering. Cells, biomaterials and growth factors. Additive manufacturing techniques. Scaffold design and modeling. Biological guidance and patterning technologies. Organ printing. Medical device regulations. 

M6816 Laser Assisted Manufacturing
Introduction to lasers used in machining. Optics for laser machining processes. Laser material interaction -salient features. Materials science for laser processing. One, two or three dimensional laser machining. Transport phenomena for laser materials processing. Advanced laser material processing and machining. Laser assisted 3D printing. Laser safety and hazards. 

M6913 Systems and Project Management
This course will introduce the project management body of knowledge and its relation to systems engineering and management. The course will focus on systems approach to project organization, initiation, planning and control, life cycle costing, project budgeting, resource planning and scheduling, scope management, integration management, risk management and cost management. Case studies on the topic will be presented and discussed in class. Students will also develop case studies and present them in class.