Aim: To instill determinism as a precision engineering philosophy and provide awareness and understanding of the principles and state of art concepts employed in “high end” Ultra precision manufacturing industries.
Computer Aided Engineering for Ultra Precision
Aim: To provide understanding and experience of the advanced computer engineering technologies that enable integrated precision manufacture. Awareness will be obtained using a ‘learn-by-doing’ approach through carefully defined tutorials.
Managing Innovation & New Product Development
Aim: To provide a framework to help managers perceive the strengths and weaknesses of an organization and choose the appropriate means of improving performance.
Metrology & Optical Testing
Aim: To provide the basic science and practice behind the characterization and measurement of functional surfaces, with a focus on optical surfaces. Metrology is the key enabling technology for ultra precision technologies – “ if you can't measure it, you can’t make it”.
Optical Design & Fabrication
Aim: To provide an overview of modern technologies for designing and optimizing optical systems, and fabricating precision lenses and mirrors. Practical issues will be emphasized, alongside the interactions between the design and fabrication stages of a project.
Surface Engineering & Coating
Aim: To provide and understanding of the role that surfaces play in materials behaviors; concentrating on optical applications of coating systems. To introduce the concepts of surface engineering and how surface engineering may be used to optimize a component’s performance. To introduce suitable analytical techniques used to evaluate and characterize surfaces and thin samples.
Modern Optical Technologies
Aim: To provide a theoretical review of adaptive optics; curvature and Shack-Hartman sensors; and holography linked to practical laboratory demonstrations. The module will also provide an overview of the state-of-the-art technology of optical display devices and devices based on Micro Optical Electro Mechanical Systems (MOEMS) and an overview of modern optical technologies applied to different industrial sectors such as astronomy and laser fusion.
Laser Micromachining & Surface Structuring
Aim: To provide the student with in-depth knowledge of advanced laser systems and manufacturing techniques for the creation of micro and nano surface structures in a range of engineering materials.