UA9 Applications of Mechanical Systems in Engineering

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Engineering – UA9 Applications of Mechanical Systems in Engineering

This unit can be studied as a standalone TECOL unit in Engineering, or as part of an Edexcel accredited BTEC Level 3 qualification in Engineering.  

This unit can be studied as a standalone  unit or, or as part of a BTEC Level 3 Award, Certificate  or Diploma in Engineering. 

Aim and purpose

This popular unit aims to give you knowledge of the components and systems commonly used in lubrication systems, transmissions and plant equipment.

Unit introduction

Mechanical engineering is a term that covers a wide range of activities. Mechanical systems are found in land, sea and air transport, power generation, manufacturing plant and domestic products. The design, manufacture and maintenance of such systems is the concern of engineers and technicians who must be able to apply a blend of practical and theoretical knowledge to ensure that these systems work safely and efficiently.

Moving parts usually require some form of lubrication and this unit examines lubricant types and lubrication systems. Pressurised systems often require seals and gaskets to contain the lubricants and other working fluids. Rotating parts require bearings and mechanical systems incorporate fixing devices to hold the various components in position. A range of seals, bearings and fastenings are examined. A prime purpose of mechanical systems is to transmit motion and power. There are many ways in which this can be achieved and this unit examines a range of power transmission systems and components.

You are introduced to a range of plant equipment and systems. This includes an overview of hydraulic and pneumatic systems, steam plant, refrigeration and air conditioning plant and mechanical handling equipment. The general aim of this unit is to broaden and extend your practical knowledge of mechanical engineering systems.

On completion of this unit you should:

1 Know about the purposes and uses of lubricants and lubrication systems

2 Know about the uses and applications of a range of engineering components

3 Know about the uses and operation of mechanical power transmission systems

4 Know about the uses and operation of plant equipment and systems.