The use and application of mechanical systems is an essential part of modern life. The design, manufacture and maintenance of these systems are the concern of engineers and technicians who must be able to apply a blend of practical and theoretical knowledge to ensure that systems work safely and efficiently. Science underpins all aspects of engineering and a sound understanding of its principles is essential for anyone seeking to become an engineer.
Learners are introduced to the behaviour of loaded engineering materials and the analysis of a range of static engineering systems. They will gain an understanding of dynamic systems through the application of Newtonian mechanics. Finally, they will deal with the effects of heat transfer, the expansion and compression of gases and the characteristic behaviour of liquids at rest and in motion.
On completion of this unit a learner should:
- Be able to determine the effects of loading in static engineering systems
- Be able to determine work, power and energy transfer in dynamic engineering systems
- Be able to determine the parameters of fluid systems
- Be able to determine the effects of energy transfer in thermodynamic systems.