17 September 2018
14 January 2019
1 year full-time
Places available (subject to change)
About the course
Modern industries rely on engineering innovations and continuous advancement in this field means that today's engineers enjoy dynamic and rewarding career opportunities. The automotive sector continues to be a success, employing over 731,000 people and investing £1.7 billion in R&D in 2013.*
This course is designed for the aspiring automotive engineer who wishes to work at the forefront of automotive technology.If you have a background in mechanical, manufacturing and engineering systems, or a closely related science discipline, such as chemical, applied sciences or industrial design, then this is the course for you.
This course should equip you with the advanced practical skills and expert knowledge needed to succeed in the industry. You will be taught by staff who are dedicated professionals in their field and supported by an excellent range of industry standard equipment. This includes an open plan design studio equipped with design and analysis software and an advanced automotive laboratory with vehicle and engine test facilities including a four-post ride simulator, wind tunnel and thermal imaging facilities.
*Engineering UK Report, 2016
This course will allow you to develop specialist skills required for employment in the automotive industry.
Dr Leigh Fleming, Subject Area Leader, Mechanical and Automotive Engineering
Advanced Automotive Chassis Systems
This module covers the basic elements of a variety of braking, steering, and suspension systems in depth to evaluate their kinematic and dynamic characteristics. Their design features are investigated to establish how they currently satisfy the appropriate automotive regulations. The influence of X-by-wire (any electrically actuated system) regarding vehicle development and future legislation is considered with regard to safety, ethical issues and advanced vehicle control. Wheel and tyre design are explored to establish features such as slip characteristics, construction, and deformation during steady state and transient cornering. The normal operating forces at the tyre/road interface are considered to establish the safe operating boundaries of a vehicle. Traditional and modern suspension systems are studied for commercial vehicles, high volume production cars and high performance cars. Comfort and ride characteristics are related to wheel loads and differing road features. The use of software packages (typically ADAMS and SolidWorks) may be used for kinematic and force analyses of suspension systems.
Vehicle Dynamic Performance Evaluation
This module aims to investigate the operating characteristics and limitations of modern internal combustion engines and hybrid configurations. You’ll be introduced to software packages used by commercial organisations so you can undertake engine performance analysis, including the effects of exhaust system routing, turbochargers and superchargers. You'll have the opportunity to study the forces exerted on a vehicle during steady state and transient cornering with regard to road loads, roll over, banked tracks and adverse camber. Front, rear and 4-wheel drive configurations will be compared.
Applied Computer Aided Design
This module uses theory and practice with 3D modelling software to design a working gearbox from a range of applications such as automotive, marine and industrial. You will select a category and develop a design that is appropriate to your specific interest. The assignments are progressive, the first being the design of a suite of gearbox components followed by the assembly of a complete virtual unit, thus demonstrating your ability to design to a professional standard using a high level CAD package, such as Solidworks.
Advanced Static Analysis
This module aims to extend your knowledge of the scientific principles used in more advanced static analysis of mechanical components and systems and to understand the role that mathematical and computer based modelling plays in this type of analysis. The module allows you the opportunity to gain experience in the use of commercial analysis software to solve non-linear structural problems.
Advanced Dynamic Analysis
This module aims to combine theoretical and practical analysis of dynamic motion with a focus on noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). You’ll have the opportunity to study both vibration and control techniques with topics including vibration theory, mechanical control, forced vibration, resonance, Sdof (Single degree of Freedom) and MdoF (Multiple degrees of Freedom) systems and NVH applications.
Total Quality Engineering
This module has been designed to be offered to students who have a basic understanding of operations management, quality assurance and control, together with the statistical techniques employed in probability theory. The module aims to build on this knowledge, giving you the ability to implement and operate quality systems, maintenance regimes and reliability trials.
Vehicle Aerodynamics and Air Management
This module combines the use of theoretical, experimental and computational tools to help you develop a thorough understanding of aerodynamic features associated with moving vehicles as well as air handling requirements. The module introduces you to various commercial computational fluid dynamics packages.
Professional Development and Research Methods
This is an innovative module which delegates will find not only challenging but also very rewarding as it will extend the way they think about management excellence and research application. Through interactive module content, based upon the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence, you will be guided through the theory and practice of professional development and research. Through the use of a number of diagnostic instruments and application tools, you will be able to benchmark your leadership, teamwork and interpersonal skills, thereby providing a firm foundation for reflective career planning through portfolio development. On completion, you will be equipped to manage your career through to professional registration and have the ability to lead complex research projects. This activity will be supported by seminars led by experts in the field of research and development from academia and industry, prior to the delivery of equally weighted group and individual project assessments.
The project provides the opportunity to undertake a major programme of advanced independent work. Where possible the project is carried out in collaboration with an industrial company and takes place at the company. A project supervisor is then allocated at the University who would check and confirm if the project is suitable for a Master's level course.
The course is taught principally through lectures, tutorials, studio-based assignment work and lab-based research activities. In the lab-based work you will have access to our facilities such as four-post ride simulator, two-wheel dynamometer, three engine test rigs, one transient engine test rig, wind tunnel, thermal camera and modal analysis equipment.
We aim to arrange your major project in relation to an existing industrial automotive or general engineering problem, with contact and supervision from a major automotive supplier. If this is not possible we ensure that the project relates to an area of automotive engineering.
Assessment methods reflect the emphasis of the course on the ability to apply knowledge and skills, and are diversely linked to examination, assignment, project work, research and lab activities.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.
The flexible nature of the programme enables you to develop an individual automotive theme through the selection of research based activities most relevant to your aspirations.
Entry requirements for this course are normally:
- An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Engineering Systems or a closely related science subject area or an equivalent professional qualification.
You are encouraged to apply if you have other qualifications and/or experience and can demonstrate that you are equipped with knowledge and skills equivalent to Honours degree level.
For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.
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