Course Brief

Unit Abstract:

This unit will develop learners’ understanding of complex loading systems and will provide an introduction to the concept of volumetric strain and the relationship between elastic constants.The expressions derived for linear and volumetric strain then form a basis for determining dimensional changes in loaded cylinders.

The unit will build upon learners’ existing knowledge of the relationship between the distribution of shear force and bending moment in loaded beams, to include the relationship between bending moment, slope and deflection.

Learners will analyse the use of mechanical power transmission systems, both individually and in the combinations that are used in practical situations. Learners’ knowledge of rotating system
elements is further extended through an investigation of the dynamic characteristics of the slidercrank and four-bar linkage. The balancing of rotating systems is also investigated, together with the determination of flywheel mass and size to give sufficiently smooth operating conditions.


  • This course is offered in 45 hours.
  • BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Automotive Engineering

    The main aims of the BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Automotive Engineering are to:

    • Prepare students for a range of technical, professional and management career disciplines in automotive engineering by providing them with the core knowledge, skills and techniques required.
    • Enable students to make an immediate contribution in employment within the automotive engineering sector.
    • Provide students with a flexible progression pathway  to an undergraduate degree or further professional qualification in automotive engineering.
    • Develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life.


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