MSc in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Management

Course structure and content

The MSc in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Management will be studied on a full-time basis over 12 months.

You will be allocated an academic supervisor who will provide advice and guidance throughout the period of study. Some of the supervisors teaching this course include Dr Anton Krynkin, Dr Jose Curiel Sosa, Dr Bhupendra Khandelwal, Professor Patrick Fairclough and Dr Rachel Tomlinson.

The MSc consists of:

  • compulsory modules
  • optional modules
  • an individual major research project

Core modules

Semester 1

MEC6021 - Adaptive Decision Making in Professional Engineering Environments - 10 credits

This module integrates the fields of engineering and management, helping students connect their Sheffield learning to workplace needs. It tackles this through a framework of applied decision-making, highlighting why an adaptive and integrated approach to learning is important in engineering contexts.

MEC6408 - Industrial Marketing: Basics and Cases - 10 credits

This module provides an introduction to how businesses meet their objectives by maintaining a focus on their customers. It pays particular attention to establishment of strategic business aims, and support of them through tactical marketing decisions.

Semester 2

MEC6022 Managing - Engineering Projects and Risk  - 10 credits

This module introduces project and risk management methodologies, offering an active learning experience underpinned by core concepts. Learning activities include group project and risk management activities and case study discussions that explore qualitative and quantitative approaches. Common causes of failure are addressed (psychological, behavioural, data), and methodologies to address these challenges (such as scrum) explored.

MEC6314 - Design Innovation Toolbox - 10 credits

The course aims to consider the circumstances in which ideas are generated and examine the conditions for stable, creative and innovative development. How innovation and project management techniques can be applied to improve the planning and control of research and commercial projects will be demonstrated.

MEC6414 - Engineering Marketable Solutions: Make a Change! - 10 credits

Team working is core to this module, with students working to find solutions to a real problem provided by a real customer, e.g. a child with a disability from our local community. Students will both solve the technical challenge, as well as developing a business case, supported by a range of experts. Teams pitch their ideas to an invited audience and judges from a mixed background (technical, commercial and legal), with prizes awarded.

MEC6428 - The Professional Responsibility of Engineers - 10 credits

In this module the Professional Responsibilities of the Engineer (PRE) are explored, with a focus on not just understanding individual ethical responsibilities, but also the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.

Individual research project

All students will carry out an individual research project during their Masters course. There will be a number of different projects available to choose from.

MSc Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Management

Example project

Hira Nayyar – Why do children fall?

The study of fall mechanism in children is an emerging area of research that aims to better understand childhood musculoskeletal injuries. It has been suggested that damages in the skeleton in children may increase the risk factor of the development of common adulthood skeletal conditions, such as osteoporosis. It is commonly assumed that children are ‘little adults’ when it comes to biomechanics. However, this is not the case, the make up of skeletons in children, particularly infants, are very different from adults. This would affect their gait and injury mechanisms. This project aims to study the fall mechanism in children by analysing qualitative questionnaire data collected in the Emergency Department at the Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

The project student analysed this dataset in order to extract relevant information to aid the creation of an analytical model for the fall event. Such information includes the speed of fall, the relative motion and the material upon impact. Using these information and previous models reported in the literature, we have created an analytical model to predict the impact force based on these input data.

The long term goal of this project is to create a robust dynamic model to represent different fall scenarios in children in order to predict the amount of force exerted onto their skeleton.

The course has taught me that that Engineering is not merely knowing and being knowledgeable nor is engineering the possession of the capacity to get elegant solutions to non-existent engineering problems, instead engineering is practicing the art of the organising forces of technological change. That’s why Engineers operate at the interface between science and society and serve mankind, by making dreams come true.

Hira Nayyar, MSc Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Management

Full academic year

MEC6016 - Advanced Experiments and Modelling - 20 credits

In this module students perform three experiments (thermofluids, solids, dynamics) and compare them against analytical solutions using appropriate theories and software. The experiments focus on the difficulties of acquiring meaningful results, and the need for validation when producing a useful model of an experiment.

MEC6002 - Individual Project - 40 credits

The aim of this module is to provide students with project planning, management, and research skills. Students will work individually on a research project, typically proposed by a member of academic staff. Supervision is provided by an academic expert, who will guide the student through the different steps of a research project, with a report and viva upon completion.

Optional modules

Students are required to take a set number of credits from each of the following module groups, as follows:

Group A

Students will take 10 credits from this group throughout the academic year.

MEC6008 - Graphical Programming with LabView - 10 credits

The course introduces students to the commercial software `Labview'. Labview is an extremely versatile and widely-used commercial software for capturing and processing measured data and controlling machinery. It is widely-used in different mechanical engineering related applications. This module spans from very basic programming to building more complex data capture and monitoring interface. Students follow a series of on-line tutorials or submit exercises at each stage to ensure they follow and fully understand the subject. These tutorial files are unique for every student. This is followed by a larger project that students carry out for themselves based on their own interests and discussions with their tutor/supervisor.

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MEC6009 - Finite Element Analysis with Ansys - 10 credits

The course introduces students to the commercial software `Ansys'. Ansys Structural is used in engineering simulation for mechanical engineering problems, particularly for structural analysis. It is a very powerful tool which can be used for a variety of mechanical engineering related problems. This module spans from basic 2-dimensional starting point to real more complex 3D geometries. The course is split into two parts: tutorial-based learning and evaluation. Tutorials are divided into basic, intermediate and advanced levels. Students follow a series of on-line tutorials or submit exercises at each stage to ensure they follow and fully understand the subject. These tutorial files are unique for every student. This is followed by a larger project that students carry out for themselves based on their own interests and discussions with their tutor/supervisor.

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MEC6013 - An Introduction to Solidworks - 5 credits

The course introduces students to the commercial software SolidWorks. SolidWorks is 3D CAD software developed for designing mechanical components. The aim of this module is to get you started using SolidWorks at the University of Sheffield. This is an On-line module. The module will cover getting on to SolidWorks, its architecture, and performing simple 1D-3D drawings. The students will work through a set of on-line worksheets that will guide them through the drawing of mechanical components. Data will be provided from apparatus within the department and students will be asked to make a drawing. Once the students have performed this task they will be given a new component to draw. This will be assessed along with an online diary outlining their design approach. Support will be provided by a weekly drop in session with either a tutor or a PhD student. Students will be able to obtain general advice or ask for detailed programming questions.

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MEC6014 - An Introduction to Matlab - 5 credits

The course introduces students to the commercial software Matlab. Matlab is a computer language that is used to analyse data and model engineering systems. The aim of this module is to get you started using Matlab at the University of Sheffield. This is an Online module. The module will cover getting on to Matlab, its architecture, running simple programs and graph plotting. Students follow a series of on-line tutorials and submit exercises at each stage to ensure they follow and fully understand the subject. These tutorial files are unique for every student. This is followed by a larger project that students carry out for themselves based on their own interests and discussions with their tutor/supervisor. This will be assessed along with an online diary detailing their programming approach. Support will provided by a weekly drop in session with the course demonstrator. During these sessions student will be able to obtain general advice or ask for detailed questions.

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Group B

Students will take 30 credits from this group during semester 1.

MEC6403 - Reciprocating Engines - 10 credits

This module considers the performance of and emissions from reciprocating engines. It should enable students to recognise the salient aspects of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics in SI and CI engines. The students will perform thermodynamic calculations; to analyse the performance of engines. The state of the art and future technologies will be examined e.g turbocharging, variable valve timing.

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MEC6405 - Experimental Stress Analysis - 10 credits

In this module the student will learn about the modern techniques available to the experimental stress analyst. They will learn about the principles, advantages and disadvantages of the techniques so that students are able to select the most appropriate technique or combination of techniques for use in a particular situation. Demonstrations will be given on all techniques and the emphasis is on the practical application of the techniques for solving industrial problems.

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MEC6424 - Aerodynamic Design - 10 credits

This module aims to provide the students with a good understanding of basic theories in aerodynamics and its integration in the design process. It emphasises on the role that aerodynamics plays in engineering product design, where the forces exerted by the air flow around the geometries is crucial. eg for an aircraft or a racing car. The aerodynamic principles will be demonstrated through their roles in aeronatuical and automotive vehicle designs. The students should be able to apply these basic principles to other areas of applications in broader engineering areas, such as the design of wind turbines,engine fans, buildings, sailing boats, etc.

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MEC6429 - Mechanical Engineering of Railways - 10 credits

The course will provide students with an understanding of mechanical engineering aspects of railway transport. It provides the analysis methods to make materials choices and understand performance of track and vehicle structures from a mechanical perspective. This includes fatigue performance of track and vehicle structures, crash-worthiness, rail-wheel interface mechanics, vehicle suspension design, and aerodynamic considerations in vehicle design.

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MEC6444 - Additive Manufacturing - Principles and Applications - 10 credits

This course will provide students with an introduction to Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing). By the end of this module, students will develop an understanding of the current benefits and limitations of Additive Manufacturing, and will understand the full process chain from part design and costing, to selecting the most appropriate Additive Manufacturing process for a given application. The principles and examples covered will be related to the current state-of-the-art in terms of both industrial and academic practices.

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MEC6449 - Advanced Fluid Mechanics - 10 credits

The module concerns the theory and applications of the fundamental equations governing the Fluid Mechanics of Newtonian fluids. The Equations of Motion (Continuity, Navier Stokes and Energy Equations) will be derived from the three continuum mechanics conservation laws and an Equation of State. You will be shown how these equations may be adapted and simplified to describe creeping and laminar flows, turbulence, and compressible flows. In particular turbulence present fundamental difficulties and statistical method favoured by engineers results in the `closure problem¿. Appropriate boundary conditions for each type of flow will be presented. This technique then will be compared with other engineering techniques for the solution of a thermofluid problem. The assessment is by coursework only. The aim here is to develop your skills in presenting a correct mathematical description of a unique flow and to demonstrate your understanding of the physics of Newtonian fluid flow - the essential first step in obtaining a meaningful CFD simulation.

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MEC6453 - Advanced Structural Vibrations - 10 credits

In this module we will explore how linear/nonlinear structures vibrate and how we can model them in order to understand and optimise their behaviour. We will look at how to model linear and nonlinear systems both analytically and numerically. The module will link theoretical nonlinear models (which are much more complicated than linear ones) with experimental analysis, where our knowledge of the system is derived from measurements (such as accelerations). We will explore the fascinating world of advanced dynamics, random vibration, damping, nonlinear systems and chaos through lectures and dedicated reading. The theoretical learning will be supported by two laboratory experiments to be carried out in groups and tutorial sessions.

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Group C

Students will take 20 credits from this group during semester 2.

MEC6316 - Renewable Energy - 10 credits

The module provides an introduction to some alternative energy technologies with emphasis on solar and wind energy. It aims to provide students with a fundamental appreciation of the potential and usable energy obtainable from the sun and wind; a general knowledge of wind turbine aerodynamics, wind turbine systems, photovoltaics and domestic photovoltaic systems.

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MEC6320 - Computational Fluid Dynamics - 10 credits

The module introduces the fundamental concepts in CFD. Reynolds averaging brings the closure problem leading to the empirical Turbulence Models. URANS remains the workhorse for engineers though LES will be increasingly important. FVM with an iterative solution technique is most commonly employed in solving the URANS equations. At the end of the module, the students should be able to assess critically the numerical accuracy and physical validity of a solution; have performed an industrially relevant flow system using proprietary software; and be aware of the applications of the technique to model flows involving other physical phenomena, e.g. heat transfer, chemical reactions.

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MEC6406 - Engineering Composite Materials - 10 credits

The module has both taught and research elements. Taught element: In the taught element different types of composites and their manufacturing processes are introduced. It involves prediction of the bulk properties of the fibre reinforced composites using the properties of its constituents and simplified micro models. Micro-mechanical models are introduced for the prediction of stiffness and failure properties of individual unidirectional plies. Classical laminate theory is then used to evaluate the stiffness and strength of laminates with different lay-ups of constituent plies. Assignment Element: An individual assignment will be set to allow students to research and produce an innovative design for a composite material component. The material and process conditions must be carefully researched and the most appropriate selected and described in detail. The use of the predictive models described covered in the lectures will be required in order to predict the properties of the component which is designed. The main objective of the assignment is for the students to learn to obtain information and to apply it to solve a practical problem. It also reduces the contribution of a single exam on the assessment and provides a different method of assessing the capabilities of the students on a broader basis. The assignment is an individual effort.

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MEC6407 - Fundamental Biomechanics - 10 credits

This module introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of biomechanics and the application of engineering principles to study biological systems. Emphasis will be made on the areas of medicine and physiology where engineering techniques are particularly useful or where a clear need exists for an engineering approach. The module will focus on the fundamentals of biomedical fluid mechanics on the mechancial aspects of how living creatures move in the air or water.

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MEC6415 - Condition Monitoring - 10 credits

The course highlights the importance of maintenance on the life-cycle costs of machines and structures. It investigates the factors which need to be considered when organising a maintenance strategy and it presents cutting-edge techniques for the early identification of damage in a variety of situations through real case studies.

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MEC6421 - Sports Engineering - 10 credits

This module is designed to introduce students to the topic of sports engineering. It will apply basic engineering concepts and techniques previously gained to the analysis and design of sports equipment, products and surfaces. Students will be shown how related knowledge in solid mechanics, fluids dynamics, mathematics, human perception and materials science can be applied to sports situations.

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MEC6430 - Solid Biomechanics - 10 credits

This course introduces students to the field of biomechanics and will bridge the gap between engineering concepts (c.f. statics & dynamics, forces, stresses & strains etc.) and areas of medicine and physiology. The module aims to apply the principles of mechanical engineering in order to describe the complex musculoskeletal system and its various components (muscle, bone etc.). The course will focus on the fundamentals of biomedical solid mechanics.

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MEC6445 - Additive Manufacturing - Principles and Applications 2 - 10 credits

Leading on from fundamental principles introduced in Additive Manufacturing 1 (AM1), AM2 will explore advanced topics related to the science of polymer, inkjet and metal processing. Discuss current research trends in AM and demands from industry. Detail scenarios of when it is correct and suitable to use AM. Explore a number of case studies and examples of when industry abandoned conventional manufacturing routes and adopted AM. Discuss developments required by AM (e.g technological development, material variety, education of designers etc,) in order for it to become a manufacturing process of the future.

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