Short Title:Design & Materials
Full Title:Design & Materials
Module Code:SYSD H3001
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Field of Study:Electricity and energy
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Author:OWEN SINNOTT
Module Description:This module aims to equip students with the basic knowledge, understanding and skills required to: Identify barriers to creative thought; Analyse, propose, select and specify solutions to design problems which have relevance to energy and environmental projects. Equip students to calculate the requirements for typical components found in related systems. Provides student with fundamental knowledge in materials. Overview of the relationship between the structure & properties of materials. The student will have a knowledge of materials selection.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Identify barriers to creative thought.
LO2 Describe the design process.
LO3 Apply decision analysis techniques to select from a range of proposals or specifications.
LO4 Identify relevant EU and Irish legislation governing safety matters.
LO5 Explain how a risk analysis process is used to maximise safety in design.
LO6 Describe the hierarchy of standards used to ensure compliance with safety legislation.
LO7 Describe the primary features and calculate the design parameters for a range of common mechanical components.
LO8 Describe the process used and the key factors in selecting a suitable site for a wind generation system.
LO9 Describe the factors that must be considered in the design of a wind generation system.
LO10 Explain the potential environmental impacts and mitigation strategies used in wind generation system design.
LO11 Identify a material from its physical & mechanical properties
LO12 Explain the differences among metals, polymers and ceramics through their internal structures and their mechanical and physical properties.
LO13 Describe the tensile testing of materials to determine the materials properties.
LO14 Describe impact, hardness and fatigue and how these properties are determined.
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Barriers to creative thought:
Definition of mental barriers. Classification of mental barriers. In class exercises to highlight mental barriers.
The Design Process:
Structure of the design process. Iterative nature of the design process.
Specification development and Concept selection:
When are they established? Target specifications, lists of metrics, needs-metrics matrix, competitive benchmarking, target metric values. Final specifications, technical models, cost models.Structured methodology for concept selection. Pugh concept selection. Reference concepts. Concept screening matrix. Concept scoring matrix, weighting factors.
Legislation, Standards and Compliance:
EU safety legislation, Irish legislation, US legislation.Hierarchy of standards organisations. Types of standards. EU harmonised standards.The risk assessment process. Standards for risk assessment. The Technical File. Notified bodies. Compliance testing.
Common Mechanical Components
Bearings: Types, application, ISO bearing life equation, selection and sizing of bearings. Gears and gear boxes: Types of gears and their application. Deign calculations and design issues with gear boxes. Plate Clutches: Design calculations and design issues.
Wind Generation Site Specification:
Identifying geographic areas. Selecting candidate sites. Preliminary evaluation of sites. Final site selection. Micro-locating of turbines.
Wind Generation System Design Issues:
Pre-development work. Turbine transport, asssembly and erection. Grid connection, commissioning and operation. Maintenance and repair. Operational safety.
Wind Generation System Environmental Issues:
Bird/Bat interactions, visual impact, noise emissions, electromagnetic interference,land use impact, safety and other issues.
Materials Classification and Properties:
Classification & identification of materials, mechanical properties,thermal properties, chemical properties & physical properties.
Structure , Properties and Applications of Materials:
Structures, properties and applications of metals. Structures, properties and applications of polymers and ceramics
Materials Properties and Testing:
Detailed discussion on tensile testing, impact & hardness testing, the importance of these mechanical properties in terms of their selection. Fatigue and corrosion tests.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment Given a specification and a set of concept proposals, students will work in groups to select a suitable proposal from a range of concept solutions. 3 20.00 Week 6
Continuous Assessment Carry out a Review Report of selected Journal papers on the topic of Materials Selection with special emphasis on Environmental issues. 11 20.00 Week 11
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14 60.00 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Classwork 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Independent Learning Time Outside of Class 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Classwork 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Independent Learning Outside of Class 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Karl T. Ulrich, Steven D. Eppinger 2008, Product design and development, McGraw-Hill Higher Education Boston [ISBN: 9780073101422]
  • J. F. Manwell and J. G. McGowan, Anthony Rogers 2009, Wind energy explained, Wiley Chichester, U.K. [ISBN: 9780470015001]
  • M. Godoy Simões and Felix A. Farret 2004, Renewable energy systems, 1st Ed., CRC Press Boca Raton, FL [ISBN: 9780849320316]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
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Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_EAEEE_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Sustainable Energy Engineering 6 Mandatory
TA_EAEEE_D Bachelor of Engineering in Sustainable Energy & Environmental Engineering 6 Mandatory