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					                                            Mechanical Engineering
                                            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.
                                                                  Skills acquired
                                                                  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.
                                      Mechanical Engineering
                                      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
                                      Specialisation:                                devices.
                                      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.
                                                                                          moulded products.
                                      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
                                           surface-effect vehicle.
                                      Fluid mechanics, turbulent flows, acoustics
                                      & noise, turbomachinery, computational fluid

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