Professional Experience Programme (PEP)
BE Degree in Mechanical Engineering
The Mechanical Engineering degree is a four-year honours degree
programme. During their first two years, students study scientific
subjects such as physics, chemistry, and mathematics, which are
required for the development of engineering skills. Core engineering
topics such as computing, manufacturing technology and engineering
graphics are also studied. In their third and fourth years, students learn
the advanced technical skills required in the engineering profession.
Primary areas of undergraduate training Final-Year individual projects.
Materials Metals, alloys, plastics, composites, Participating companies have the option of offering students
ceramics, processing technologies, realistic industrial projects which are of specific interest or benefit
material testing, deformation and fracture. to their own organisation. These projects may then become the
basis of the student’s final-year project. Final-Year individual
Mechanical Design Safety and stress analysis, fatigue, motors projects account for 25% of the total marks for the year.
and drives, couplings, fasteners, bearings,
vibration, pressure vessels, AutoCAD.
Students have acquired the skills and techniques of modelling,
Control PLCs, systems analysis, electrical and
Engineering pneumatic control, electro-mechanical analysing, and designing to professional standards, a wide range
systems, machine and assembly languages. of machines, products, mechanical structures and systems using
Thermodynamics Energy, power generation, refrigeration, current techniques.
engines, psychometrics, combustion, heat
transfer, heating and ventilation design. Students can carry out the following roles:
• Design of mechanisms • Statistical analysis.
Fluid Mechanics Internal and external dynamics of liquids - structural components • Medical device regulatory
and gases, flowfields, pressure - fluid. sytems and thermal affairs.
distributions, piping losses, boundary systems. • Programming.
layers. • Instrumentation. • Computer-aided design.
• Material selection. • Finite element analysis.
Analysis Analytical and numerical methods applied
• Material characterisation. • Report writing.
to solid, fracture and fluid mechanics,
diffusion, convection, conduction, • Materials processing • Presentation.
dynamics. techniques. • Energy management.
Computing BASIC, FORTRAN, C, LISP, expert • Control systems design and • Power generation.
systems, CAD, MATLAB. analysis. • Renewable energy.
Professional Communication, management, • Automation. • Hydraulic and pneumatic
development ethics in engineering. • Manufacturing processes. systems.
• Electrical machinery.
Professional Experience Programme (PEP)
Examples of individual projects completed
and staff member responsible:
Professor Peter McHugh: Dr. Mark Bruzzi:
• Material Surface Analysis using nano- • Design of the mooring system of a
indentation and electron microscopy wave energy array.
techniques. • Fatigue analysis of nitinol wire.
• Computational modelling of the Specialisation:
thermo-mechanical behaviour of Fatigue of engineering materials, active
metal/ceramic composites. materials, design and development of medical
Computational mechanics, materials
engineering, biomechanics, medical device Dr. Pádraig Molloy:
analysis and design
• Analysis and redesign of
electromechanical product and
Professor Paul Nolan:
associated manufacturing systems
• Design of an experimental rig for
based on DFM criteria.
flexible hitch trailer analysis.
• Design of automated production and
• Finite element modelling fatigue crack
handling equipment for large volume
growth of a metal matrix composite.
Deformation and fracture of engineering Specialisation:
and biomedical materials. Automated systems design, process analysis.
and equipment design for the manufacturing
Dr. Nathan Quinlan: sector.
• Optimisation of shrouded wind
turbines. Dr. Conchúr Ó Brádaigh:
• Modelling of polymer laser welding. • Development of a composite Formula
1 suspension component.
• Design of innovative thermoplastic
Fluid dynamics, heat transfer,
composite wind turbine blades.
thermodynamics, energy conversion.
Dr. John Eaton: Composite materials and polymers.
• Computational modelling of air
movement & mixing using high speed
• Aerodynamic shape optimisation of
Fluid mechanics, turbulent flows, acoustics
& noise, turbomachinery, computational fluid
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