Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Advanced Manufacturing Processes

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

DESCRIPTION In this study-unit, the following topics will be typically covered:

- Limitations of conventional processes. Introduction to non-conventional/ traditional machining processes;
- Thermal processes: e.g. Electro Discharge Machining (spark erosion), Electron Beam Machining, Plasma Arc Machining, Laser Beam Machining;
- Chemical & Electrochemical processes: e.g. Electrochemical machining (ECM), Photo Chemical Machining, Chemical Machining;
- Mechanical processes: e.g. Ultrasonic Machining, Water Jet Machining, Abrasive Water Jet Machining;
- Areas of application of non-conventional/ traditional manufacturing processes;
- Special Processing and/ or Assembly Technologies: e.g. Rapid Manufacturing (RM) and Rapid Tooling (RT) technologies; Electronics Manufacturing Processes; Manufacturing Processes at the micro and nano scales;
- CNC Machining and Part Programming.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit is primarily aimed to introduce and give a basic understanding to students of a range of modern advanced manufacturing processes, which are increasingly finding applications in industry for the fabrication of both existing and new products and devices.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Appreciate the importance of advanced manufacturing processes;
- Understand the working principle of the above-mentioned manufacturing processes/ technologies;
- Understand the typical process/ technology related capabilities & applications;
- Understand the structure/main components, associated tooling and software for typical Machining and Rapid Prototyping Equipment - Die Sinking Electrical Discharge Machines (EDMs), Vertical Machining Centres (VMCs), Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) and Electron Beam Melting (EBM);
- Understand the approaches that are used to program CNC VMCs and EDMs.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Identify important process parameters for particular technologies;
- Identify the typical materials that can be processed with these techniques;
- Identify the typical advantages / disadvantages and limitations of these technologies;
- Select and justify what manufacturing technology to use for particular applications/ products;
- Generate a simple part program for the Cincinnati VMC.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Kalpakjian, S. & Schmid S.R., Manufacturing Processes for Engineering Materials, 4th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2003, ISBN 0-13-140871-9
-Groover, M.P. , Fundamentals of Modern Manufacturing -- Materials, Processes and Systems, 2007, ISBN 978-0-471-74485-6.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Study-unit: MFE1202

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lect, Ind Study, Group Learn, Practicum & Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 No 10%
Practical SEM2 No 10%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 80%

LECTURER/S Philip Farrugia
Arif Rochman
Pierre Vella (Co-ord.)

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