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MSc(Precision Engineering)

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Course Synopsis


Core

M6301 Advanced Metrology and Sensing Systems
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.


Elective

L6003 Corporate Resource Planning
Planning and investing corporate resources for innovation, growth and competitive advantage. Global manufacturing and the design of supply chain strategies. Technical and economic analysis of different approaches to corporate strategies. Impact of technological changes. International operations planning. Enterprise and integration. Enterprise resource planning. Organisation and capacity planning. Performance evaluation.

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.

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

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.

M6401 Product Design and 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.

M6421 Advanced Design for Manufacturing
DFM principles and strategies. Classification system for manual, automatic and robotic assemblies. Evaluation of assembled parts. Analysing products for high-speed automatic assembly. Procedure for redesign. Design of parts for feeding and orienting. Vibratory and non-vibratory feeders. QFD process. Reliability analysis for product design. Selection of materials and processes. Design for repair and recycling.

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

M6802 Engineering Measurements
Advanced principles of measurement which 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.

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.  

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.