NUMERICAL & EXPERIMENTAL METHODS - 2021/2
Module code: ENG2093
Engineers frequently have to carry out testing and experimental procedures on products. They also often have to solve engineering problems which are mathematically intractable by approximate numerical methods, normally using software involving some degree of programming.
The laboratory part of this module is designed both to support learning in other parts of the FHEQ level 5 curriculum through practical experiments and also to further develop generic and transferable skills (building on the HEFQ level 4 module Experimental and Transferable Skills), including practical laboratory skills, data handling, understanding experimental uncertainty and scientific writing.
The numerical methods covered in this module introduce the use of mathematical methods to solve complex engineering problems with appropriate IT tools such as Matlab.
Where appropriate the experiments include the application of Matlab and numerical methods.
Mechanical Engineering Sciences
MARXEN Olaf (Mech Eng Sci)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 5
JACs code: G140
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 96
Lecture Hours: 10
Tutorial Hours: 10
Laboratory Hours: 16
Captured Content: 18
Indicative content includes:
1. Numerical Methods :
The lectures and tutorials cover the following areas:
- Computer representation of numbers, rounding errors. Taylor series expansion and truncation errors.
- Roots of nonlinear equations: interval searching, bisection method, false position, simple iteration, Newton-Raphson method.
- Solution of single ordinary differential equations by Euler, Heun and 4th order Runge-Kutta methods- derivation, errors, applications. Systems of ODEs and higher-order equations.
- Numerical Integration: Trapezoidal rule and Simpson's rule, errors and applications
- Solution of systems of linear equations: Gauss elimination with inclusion of partial pivoting; LU-decomposition; Gauss-Seidel iteration.
- Application of simple programming to solve numerical methods problems using Matlab
2. Laboratory Experiments
9 laboratory experiments will be conducted in small groups. These experiments are complementary to the wider FHEQ level 5 curriculum.
Five of the experiments are common and relate to areas of solid mechanics, dynamics, control and electronics covered by all programmes including this module. Four of the experiments are specific to the four discipline areas, for example: diesel engine performance (Automotive), aircraft dynamic stability (Aerospace), refrigeration (Mechanical) and gait analysis (Medical).
Measurement techniques appropriate to the measurement and use of displacement, curvature, velocity, acceleration, frequency, force, pressure, temperature, thermodynamic properties, energy transfer, power, flow rate, voltage, current, etc. are covered.
General laboratory methods pertaining to preparation and experimental design, organisation, procedural optimisation, data recording, data analysis, error measurement, error propagation are developed over the series of experiments. Health and safety issues are included in preparatory briefings.
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||LABORATORY REPORT 1||15|
|Practical based assessment||LABORATORY SESSIONS (ONLINE AND IN-PERSON)||20|
|Coursework||LABORATORY REPORT 2||15|
|Examination||ONLINE (OPEN BOOK) EXAM WITHIN 24HR WINDOW||50|
Laboratory participation element to be replaced by i) written answers requiring background research for two different experiments and (ii) a report on the performance of one laboratory accounting for the nature and minimisation of experimental error.
The numerical methods final examination assesses the students' theoretical knowledge of numerical methods, as well as their ability to choose and implement suitable numerical methods for engineering problem solutions and know the limitations and possible sources of error. They will also relate taught material form other modules to the laboratory experiments and research further. As far as possible, students will carry out laboratory experiments and/or analyse and discuss results, including experimental uncertainty, and then produce written technical reports to an industry and professional standard.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
Numerical Methods Online Examination – Take-Home Exam, 4 hours (50%);
Laboratory Participation – ca. 16 hours in total (20%);
Laboratory Report 1 – (15%);
Laboratory Report 2 – (15%);
Formative assessment and feedback
Formative feedback is given throughout the semester in numerical methods IT-Lab based tutorials by staff and PG assistants, and through example solutions and programmes posted on the VLE.
In every laboratory session, students have face-to face discussions with the experiment supervisor
Written feedback on the first lab report will enable feed-forward to the writing of the next report, and is formative as well as summative.
Likewise written feedback on the numerical methods coursework is formative, towards the examination.
- Knowledge and experience of using standard numerical methods in order to solve complex engineering problems.
- Knowledge and experience of using Matlab and programming as a tool to solve engineering problems.
- Laboratory experience which reinforces and illustrates wider aspects of the FHEQ level 5 engineering curriculum.
- Thorough training in experimental approaches, including the handling of data and dealing with experimental uncertainty by error propagation theory.
- Further development of report writing skills.
|001||UK-SPEC Learning Outcome codes: SM1b, SM2b, SM2m, EA1b, EA3b, EA3m, D6, EL1, EL6, P1, P2, P3, P8, P11, G1 On successful completion of this module, students will be able to: Use a range of standard numerical methods to solve complex engineering problems;; (K,C,P)||KCP|
|002||Use Matlab and programming as a tool in solving engineering problems;||KCPT|
|003||Demonstrate an ability to prepare, perform and effectively report experimental investigations commensurate with FHEQ level 5;||KCPT|
|004||Demonstrate an ability to identify and address experimental uncertainty;||CP|
|005||Demonstrate progress towards ongoing independent development of applying experimental and numerical methods to real engineering situations.||CPT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to
- introduce students to a range of numerical methods with their derivations and limitations,
- consolidate students’ programming skills with Matlab through implementation of numerical methods taught
- reinforce engineering science concepts taught in other modules though practical experimentation and demonstration
- give students good grounding in experimental procedure and scientific/technical report writing
The learning and teaching methods include:
- Lectures: 11x1hr = 11 hrs
- 5 IT-lab based 2hr tutorials using Matlab programming to implement numerical methods (=10 hrs)
- 8 x 2 hrs/wk laboratory sessions in small groups; in addition to electronic or supervisor-led introduction to experiment and apparatus, and group work on experiment itself to obtain results and conclusions, lab sessions may feature supervisor-led discussions of preparatory work and session results. (=16 hrs)
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
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Programmes this module appears in
|Aerospace Engineering BEng (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Automotive Engineering MEng||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Automotive Engineering BEng (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Automotive Engineering (Dual degree with HIT) BEng (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Mechanical Engineering MEng||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Aerospace Engineering MEng||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Biomedical Engineering BEng (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Biomedical Engineering MEng||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
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