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ES442 - Precision Engineering and Microsystems

  • Module code: ES442
  • Module name: Precision Engineering and Microsystems
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 15

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

To provide a rigorous understanding of first-principles mechanical design applied at the limits of practical performance. To introduce ideas and methodologies suited to precise dimensional and positional control and to miniaturization that are essential to modern technology, e.g. in the large UK instrumentation sector, as sub-systems for use in aerospace, automotive, etc. Additionally, to provide insights into the science and practice of metrology.

Principal learning outcomes
  • Evaluate the physical limits on achievable precision in advanced mechanical systems, the nature of uncertainties, etc., and thereby assess satisfactorily the plausibility of proposed machine specifications.
  • Interpret the guidelines for good practice in precision metrology in order to select sound principles for the operation of high-precision mechanical systems.
  • Evaluate and criticize constructively designs for (electro-) mechanical systems, interpreting their effectiveness.
  • Produce and defend conceptual design solutions for applications that make unusually high demands for mechanical stability, precise motion control, etc. or that benefit from high degrees of miniaturization.
  • Critique the typical constraints imposed on designs by manufacturing capabilities and make sound judgments on designs that minimize their effect.
  • Appreciate the range and principles of special manufacturing methods needed for high-precision systems and micro-devices and make informed choices of candidate processes for specific tasks.