This module aims to develop an ability and experience in designing mechanical components and subsystems.

This module is only offered as part of the Gun Systems Design MSc or the Military Vehicle Technology MSc. It is also offered as an elective on the Defence and Security (Engineering) MSc.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • understand the importance of good detail design in achieving customer satisfaction, especially in respect of reliability,

  • propose novel solutions to problem,

  • demonstrate the design of a system element or elements to meet an ill-defined or general requirement,

  • apply solid modelling techniques to effectively communicate conceptual and detailed designs,

  • appraise designs critically for fitness-for-purpose and cost-effectiveness in relation to customer/user requirements,

  • produce clear and concise engineering reports on the design produced,

  • demonstrate the use of correct tolerancing to the design of an engineering component(s).

Core content

The topics covered include:

  • product design methodologies, phases of product design, product portfolio planning, concept engineering methodologies such as QFD and TRIZ,

  • theories of fatigue and creep, fatigue/endurance strength, calculation of modified fatigue / endurance strength,

  • design of machine elements; shafts, springs, cams, gears, clutches and brakes, threads and threaded joints,

  • engineering tolerance design.


Accredited by IMechE as part of the MSc Programme.


Dave Simner

Location and travel

Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) is a Cranfield School based at the Ministry of Defence establishment on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire borders.

Shrivenham itself lies in the picturesque Vale of the White Horse, close to the M4 motorway which links London and South Wales. It is 7 miles from Swindon, the nearest town, which lies off the M4 at the hub of Britain’s motorway network.

Bath, Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford are all within an hour’s drive and London less than two hours away by car.

All visitors must be pre-booked in at reception by the person they are visiting on the campus.

For further location and travel details

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