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ES4B9-15 Innovative Process Development

Department
School of Engineering
Level
Undergraduate Level 4
Module leader
Ian Tuersley
Credit value
15
Module duration
10 weeks
Assessment
100% coursework
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description

ES4B9-5 Innovative Process Development

Module web page

Module aims

The main role of many manufacturing engineers is to select and or develop manufacturing processes in order to get the best out of them and to provide a competitive edge. This module aims to show how this has been done in the past and is being done at this time. Participants will learn the skills and techniques involved and will gain experience of the thought processes used.

Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

Using examples from the main classes of manufacturing process, the module will look at the basic process and then at current advanced variants. Examples might include;
Conventional powder processing leading to MIM, HIP and Conform.
Sand Casting leading to Squeeze Casting and Investment Casting.
Surface Improvement processes such as spray deposition, CVD, and PVD.
Forging leading to Superplastic Deformation.
Rapid Prototyping, Rapid Tooling and Rapid Manufacture
Examples of newly developed processes will be analysed according to their business and technical issues and potential.
Business and Social factors to be taken into account when selecting or developing a new process.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of current and new processes from limited and often unpredictable information.
  • Critique the importance of business and social issues as well as technical issues when developing advanced processes.
  • Conceptualise those limitations of existing processes that might be capable of improvement and hypothesise how they might practically be overcome.
  • Evaluate other (novel, where appropriate) market/application opportunities of current processes and products.
Indicative reading list

Any general text on Manufacturing Processes and Technology will be a good starting point. These will be supplemented by;
Current journals that cover Manufacturing Processes and their development. For example;
International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Springer, ISSN 0268 – 3768
Journal of Manufacturing processes, Elsevier
Links to a small number of selected articles concerning specific processes covered in the lectures will be posted on the website.

View reading list on Talis Aspire

Subject specific skills

Ability to conceive, make and realise a component or process
Ability to develop economically viable and ethically sound sustainable solutions
Ability to be pragmatic, taking a systematic approach and the logical and practical steps necessary for, often complex, concepts to become reality
Ability to seek to achieve sustainable solutions to problems and have strategies for being creative and innovative Ability to be risk, cost and value-conscious, and aware of their ethical, social, cultural, environmental, health and safety, and wider professional engineering responsibilities

Transferable skills

Apply problem solving skills, information retrieval, and the effective use of general IT facilities
Communicate (written and oral; to technical and non-technical audiences) and work with others.
Plan self-learning and improve performance, as the foundation for lifelong learning/CPD
Exercise initiative and personal responsibility, including time management, which may be as a team member or leader
Awareness of the nature of business and enterprise in the creation of economic and social value
Overcome difficulties by employing skills, knowledge and understanding in a flexible manner
Ability to formulate and operate within appropriate codes of conduct, when faced with an ethical issue
Appreciation of the global dimensions of engineering especially with regard to the development of innovative manufacturing processes.
Be professional in their outlook, be capable of team working, be effective communicators, and be able to exercise responsibility and sound management approaches.

Study time

Type Required
Lectures 10 sessions of 1 hour (7%)
Seminars 10 sessions of 1 hour (7%)
Other activity 2 hours (1%)
Private study 128 hours (85%)
Total 150 hours
Private study description

Guided independent learning 128 Hours

Other activity description

Revision Examples Class

Costs

No further costs have been identified for this module.

You must pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Students can register for this module without taking any assessment.

Assessment group A
Weighting Study time
Individual assignment 100%
Feedback on assessment

Written comments and feedback on submitted individual assignment.
Cohort level feedback on examination.
Support through advice and feedback hours.

Courses

This module is Core for:

  • UESA-HH37 MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering
    • Year 4 of HH37 Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering
    • Year 4 of H37C Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering with Automotive Engineering MEng
    • Year 4 of H37A Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering with Business Management
    • Year 4 of H37D Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering with Robotics
    • Year 4 of H37B Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering with Sustainability
  • Year 4 of UESA-HH76 MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering
  • Year 4 of UESA-HH79 MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering with Exchange Year
  • Year 5 of UESA-HH38 MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering with Intercalated Year
  • Year 5 of UESA-HH77 MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering with Intercalated Year

This module is Optional for:

  • Year 4 of UESA-H117 MEng Engineering with Exchange Year

This module is Option list A for:

  • Year 4 of UESA-H635 MEng Electronic Engineering
  • UESA-H107 MEng Engineering
    • Year 4 of H107 Engineering MEng
    • Year 4 of H10E Engineering with Appropriate Technology MEng
    • Year 4 of H10J Engineering with Automotive Engineering MEng
    • Year 4 of H10C Engineering with Business Management MEng
    • Year 4 of H10G Engineering with Communications MEng
    • Year 4 of H10H Engineering with Computer Engineering MEng
    • Year 4 of H10M Engineering with Fluid Dynamics MEng
    • Year 4 of H10F Engineering with Instrumentation MEng
    • Year 4 of H10K Engineering with Robotics MEng
    • Year 4 of H10D Engineering with Sustainability MEng
    • Year 4 of H10L Engineering with Systems Engineering MEng
  • Year 4 of UESA-H114 MEng Engineering
  • Year 5 of UESA-H109 MEng Engineering with Intercalated Year
  • Year 4 of UESA-H311 MEng Mechanical Engineering
  • UESA-HH63 MEng Systems Engineering
    • Year 4 of H63C Systems Engineering with Computer Engineering
    • Year 4 of H63D Systems Engineering with Instrumentation

This module is Option list C for:

  • Year 4 of UESA-H311 MEng Mechanical Engineering
  • Year 4 of UESA-H316 MEng Mechanical Engineering
  • Year 4 of UESA-H318 MEng Mechanical Engineering with Exchange Year
  • Year 4 of UESA-H320 MEng Mechanical Engineering with Exchange Year
  • Year 5 of UESA-H312 MEng Mechanical Engineering with Intercalated Year
  • Year 5 of UESA-H317 MEng Mechanical Engineering with Intercalated Year