Offered by the University of South Australia through Open Universities Australia, the online Mechanical Design Practice unit equips students to follow sound design methodology, to select appropriate materials and to effectively design smaller components.
This engineering unit delves into the nature of specific component design and the potential causes of design failure, encouraging students to consider each piece used within and materials employed for their designs in order to create resilient, useful designs.
Taking a practical approach to design, students also learn to properly adhere to safety standards and about the legal implications of the design process, as well as exploring material and mechanism behaviour for items such as welded connections, cyclic loads and stress raisers.
Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to enter this program: To be eligible for this unit, you must either have completed the following units before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following:
Mechanics of Materials
In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following course:
Associate Degree in Engineering
Areas of study
In this Mechanical Design Practice unit, the topics you will study include:
Introduction to mechanical design
Linear actuators and springs
Eccentrically-loaded, bolted and welded connections
Rolling element bearings
Plane and hydrodynamic bearings
Design for fatigue
Fatigue of bolted joints
Brittle fracture and fracture mechanics
Design of spur gears
Belt, chain and wire rope drives
Clutches and brakes
This unit is an elective unit in the following course:
Associate Degree in Engineering, University of South Australia
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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This engineering unit focuses on teaching the practical design skills required to create resilient, useful designs, integrating knowledge of the legal implications of the design process and following safety standards with adherence to sound design methodology.
Students will learn to explain material behaviour and simple mechanism failure – and design components to avoid these situations – plus to design mechanical components for strength and deflection and to effectively select standard components from manufacturer’s catalogues.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Mechanical Design Practice from University of South Australia.
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Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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