Mechanical Engineering Studies leads to the cropping up of well trained mechanical engineers who design and develop anything and everything one can think of as a machine, i.e. from toasters to bicycles to super speed fighter jets. They also influence the design of other products as well, including light bulbs, shoes and even doors. Many mechanical engineers who have trained in Mechanical Engineering Studies specialize in areas such as manufacturing, robotics, automotive/transportation and air conditioning. Engineering in Kenya has more articles.
Importance of Mechanical Engineering Studies
Some use their Mechanical Engineering Studies as preparation for the practice of medicine and law, and others cross over into other disciplines, working on everything from artificial organs to the expanding field of nanotechnology. Mechanical Engineering Studies involves designing a component, a machine, a system or a process. Mechanical engineers will analyze their design using the principles of motion, energy, and force to insure the product functions safely, efficiently, reliably, and can be manufactured at a competitive cost.
Mechanical Engineering Studies works on the automotive, aerospace, chemical, computer, communication, paper, and power generation industries. Mechanical engineers who have trained through the Mechanical Engineering Studies program will be found in virtually any manufacturing industry. Increasingly, mechanical engineers are needed in the environmental and bio-medical fields. Indeed virtually every product or service in modern life has probably been touched in some way by a mechanical engineer.
In the Mechanical Engineering Studies department these activities are reflected in the way we organize our teaching and research efforts. Faculties are well organized in the following technical areas:
- Energy and thermo-fluids area
- Design/dynamics systems area
- Manufacturing and industrial area
- The solid mechanics area
Fields of Mechanical Engineering Studies
Energy and Thermo Fluids Area: – this area in the Mechanical Engineering Studies program emphasizes thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics. Current research activity is in combustion processes, internal combustion engines, transmissions, heat and mass transfer, fluid mechanics, computational fluid dynamics, and emissions and air quality control.
Design/Dynamic Systems Area: – This area in the Mechanical Engineering Studies program emphasizes modeling and control of dynamic processes in engineering systems. Current research activity is in engineering acoustics and noise control, off-line programming of robots, automobile crashworthiness, computer-aided strain analysis, vibrations and modal analysis, system modeling and identification, control systems in Mechanical Engineering Studies program, system dynamics, computer simulation of material-forming processes, software sensor development, optimal control of automated manufacturing, application of artificial intelligence in interactive design software, environmentally conscious design, and design of orthotic devices for gait rehabilitation.
Manufacturing and Industrial Area: – Mechanical Engineering Studies program majors in current research activity which is in metal cutting, metal forming (with specific thrusts in sheet metal deformation), grinding, tribological aspects of forming and machining, computer-aided design of dies for forming metals and polymers, robotics and automation in Mechanical Engineering Studies program, metrology, data-dependent system analysis, industrial engineering, and environmentally conscious manufacturing.
The manufacturing systems engineering program in the Mechanical Engineering Studies program emphasizes the integration of design, materials, computers, and manufacturing with an exposure to business and engineering administration, and is particularly suitable for those who have a bachelor’s degree in mechanical, electrical, metallurgical, or chemical engineering.
The Solid Mechanics Area: – Mechanical Engineering Studies program emphasizes topics in mechanics and materials science. Current research activity is in mechanics of materials with microstructure, experimental mechanics, plasticity, wave propagation and dynamic fracture, biomechanics, micromechanics, ceramics, crashworthiness, polymer matrix composites, and computational mechanics.
Conclusion on Mechanical Engineering Studies Program
The Mechanical Engineering Studies are offered in various universities in Kenya. These universities which offer Mechanical Engineering Studies include UoN and JKUAT.