Module Catalogue 2023/24

NUS8208 : Mechanical Integrity

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Michael Lau
  • Lecturer: Dr Eugene Wong
  • Owning School: NUIS
  • Teaching Location: Singapore
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

Engineering first degree or other equivalent qualification

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



This module aims to provide fundamental principles and concepts on evaluation of mechanical equipment and how they behave under various operating conditions of temperature, pressure, mechanical stress, vibration, radiation, in the presence of chemicals, acidic and alkaline conditions. Methods for testing of equipments both in-situ and offline of processes are covered as well as engineering designs and calculations using various types of materials. Inspection and collection of data for prevention maintenance will be covered.

Outline Of Syllabus

1.       Material failure, corrosion, erosion and material aging including failure curves
2.       Testing methods of materials and non-destructive testing
3.       Mechanical design, selection of materials, design method and mechanical calculation
4.       Mechanical inspection, mechanical measurements, data acquisitions, repair and maintenance
5. Smart machine diagnostics
6. Data collection and preventive maintenance

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

At the end of the module, students should be able to:
•       Identify the materials they use for design and construction, the properties of different types of materials and how their properties can be affected by different operating conditions and ageing.
•       Describe how advanced materials can be used for value-added engineering as well as better properties.
•       Discuss the different analytical methods available for testing materials in service.
•       analyse data collection using basic statistics
•       Apply knowledge of diagnostics and analysis to maintain mechanical integrity

Intended Skill Outcomes

At the end of the module, students should be able to:
•       Select appropriate materials for different applications.
•       Select and suggest methods to test for the mechanical integrity of equipment and process line in service.
•       Perform basic mechanical measurements and data acquisitions and data analysis.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00Drop-In/Surgery
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion125:0025:00Directed reading which includes IEEE papers and web refs
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Preparation for quizzes.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00Lectures and Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion101:0010:00Revision for exam
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study118:3018:30Personal study throughout teaching period to follow up taught classes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching is mainly via lectures and tutorial with small group discussions during class. This is complemented with self-study and preparation of tutorial solutions, class test and final examination in order to provide feedback on student learning. Teaching materials are made available to the students online in order for self-study and preparation in their own pace. Tutorial classes enable students to ask questions and clarify any doubts.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A6024 hrs Take home exam (to be submitted within 24 hours of being set)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M20Quiz 1 (Short questions)
Written exercise1M20Quiz 2 (short questions)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written exam enables students to demonstrate understanding and apply knowledge and skills learnt to solving engineering problems. The quizzes involves problem solving and theoretical questions to assess the students’ progress.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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