Module information on this degree can be found below, separated by year of study.

The module information below applies for the current academic year. The academic year runs from August to July; the 'current year' switches over at the end of July.

Students select optional courses subject to rules specified in the Mechanical Engineering Student Handbook,  for example at most three Design and Business courses. Please note that numbers are limited on some optional courses and selection criteria will apply.

Mechanical Transmissions Technology

Module aims

This course aims to cover the fundamental aspects of design and technology of mechanical transmission systems. It is intended to develop students’ skills in various engineering science disciplines (primarily stress analysis and materials) into a capability to design and analyse geared drive systems. It provides a theoretical and practical understanding of geared mechanical transmission systems and of operation, manufacture, failure modes and health monitoring of individual machine elements that make up such a system including gears, bearings, seals and lubrication systems.

ECTS units:    10

Learning outcomes

To be able to specify basic drive properties to match the characteristics of the input (prime mover, electric motor) and output (car, turbine etc) machine; 

To understand main aspects of gear geometry; 

To be able to analyse gear stresses and design gear geometry for a given loading; 

To be able to select, understand and analyse performance of bearings, seals, shafts and lubrication systems; 

To understand the main failure modes in transmission components, be able to recognise them in practice and suggest preventative measures; 

To understand basic health monitoring methods and be able to suggest an appropriate monitoring method for an application; 

To understand and describe the required material properties and manufacturing methods for gears and bearings.

Module syllabus

Torque-speed transformations and input-output matching; Gear geometry; Gear stresses and design; Transmission error; Bearings; Seals; Shafts; Couplings; Lubrication; Failure mechanisms; Health monitoring of mechanical transmissions; Materials and manufacture; Gearbox efficiency.

Teaching methods

2 lecture/workshop/tutorial hours per week


Examination 3 hour written examination 50% Numeric 40%
Coursework Component Failure group report, max 9 pages 7% Numeric 40%
Coursework Transmission Design group report, max 25 pages 20% Numeric 40%
Coursework FE Gear Analysis group report, max 20 pages 23% Numeric 40%

Module leaders

Dr Amir Kadiric