Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Reader in Mechanical Engineering



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Tribology - ME3-HTRB


The overall aim of the Tribology Course is to provide students with a general and useful introduction to the main concepts and principles of Tribology (friction, lubrication and wear), with particular emphasis on lubricated systems. It is recognised that the field of Tribology is very large and multidisciplinary and that it is thus impossible to cover all aspects of the subject adequately. Instead the Tribology Course focuses on those areas of Tribology particularly relevant to the design and performance of lubricated machine components. The Course covers the underlying principles and provides an extensive set of handout notes and references aimed at assisting students comprehend and address tribological problems that they may meeting in their future engineering careers, even those outside the areas directly covered by the Course.

ECTS units:  6   
Contributing to Course Elements: 6 to ME3-LCTVS or ME4-LCTVS



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Mechanical Transmissions Technology - ME4-MMTT


The course aims to cover the fundamentals of drive system and geared transmission design and technology. It is intended to develop students’ skills in various engineering science disciplines, into a capability to design and analyse transmission systems.

This Masters level, Advanced Application course builds on the knowledge gained in compulsory Engineering Science courses in earlier parts of the undergraduate curriculum, such as Stress Analysis and Materials together with a smaller amount of Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics. Satisfactory completion of the third year Tribology course is recommended but not compulsory.

 Lectures are aimed at providing a basic understanding of machine element and transmission system design, analysis and manufacture. These are complemented by use of the educational material provided by the British Gear Association and a talk by a visiting industry expert.

At least one visit to a transmission manufacturing plant is included. A transmission design project is carried out by students in small groups. In addition, course includes workshops on transmission component failure analysis and finite element modelling of gear systems both carried out by students in small groups.

ECTS units:    12   
Contributing to Course Elements: 12 to ME4-LCTVS Electives



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