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|UCLan Coursework Re-Assessment Brief||Academic Year
2021 – 2022
|Module Title: DESIGN AND OPERATIONS OF
Module Code: MP4701
|MP4701 – FIRST SIT
|This assessment is
worth 40% of the overall
• The course work aims to address all the module learning outcomes by focussing on the sustainable systems’
design and operations. To be specific, the tribology mechanisms, qualitative and quantitative reliability
measures, condition monitoring and structure health monitoring of the systems.
• The module learning outcomes are provided in the coursework brief (Page Number – 4).
• University requests all student to use a uniform coursework cover sheet for submission. Please use the
assessment cover sheet provide in the Blackboard (File name: MP4701_Assessment e-coversheet) to submit
the coursework as a single document.
• Please look into the coursework brief for the questions (Page Number – 6 to 8).
|PREPARATION FOR THE ASSESSMENT
• The entire coursework is based on the taught lectures and tutorial sessions for the module. Read through
the lecture materials, exercise and tutorial problems and supplementary materials provided in the Module
Material area in the Blackboard space for the module.
• Reading List : http://readinglists.central-lancashire.ac.uk/index
|RELEASE DATES AND HAND IN DEADLINE
Assessment Release date: 02/02/2022 Assessment Deadline Date and time: 24/04/2022 @ 18:00
Please note that this is the final time you can submit – not the time to submit!
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|Your feedback/feed forward and mark for this assessment will be provided on 17/05/2022.|
1. The coursework should be your own work and should be properly type-written in your own words. Your
assignment must be submitted electronically via blackboard by the submission time or before.
2. Please see the instructions to candidates for more information (Page Number – 4).
|HELP AND SUPPORT
• Any questions arising from this assessment brief will be discussed in the class, online forum during the
lectures/tutorial session. Please contact module tutors Dr Ahmed Onsy, Dr Arun Natarajan, Dr Geng Feng
(Module Leader) if you have any further queries. E-mail: [email protected] (CM027) and
[email protected] (CM231). Office Location: Computing and Technology Building.
• For support with using library resources, please contact Mr Neil Marshall, E-mail: [email protected]
or [email protected]. You will find links to lots of useful resources in the My Library tab on
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mental health condition, please complete a Disclosure Form. The Inclusive Support team will then contact to
discuss reasonable adjustments and support relating to any disability. For more information, visit the Inclusive
• To access mental health and wellbeing support, please complete our online referral form. Alternatively, you
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• If you have any valid mitigating circumstances that mean you cannot meet an assessment submission
deadline and you wish to request an extension, you will need to apply online prior to the deadline.
|Disclaimer: The information provided in this assessment brief is correct at time of publication. In the unlikely
event that any changes are deemed necessary, they will be communicated clearly via e-mail and a new
version of this assessment brief will be circulated.
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UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL LANCASHIRE
SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
FIRST SIT COURSE WORK – SEMESTER 1
MODULE CODE: MP4701
MODULE TITLE: DESIGN AND OPERATION OF
MODULE LEADER: Dr. GENG FENG
SEMESTER 2, 2021 – 2022
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INSTRUCTIONS TO CANDIDATES:
As per the module specification, this assignment constitutes 40% of the module mark.
SUBMISSION DATE AND TIME:
24th APRIL 2022 – 18:00 or any time before.
1. The assignment should be your own original work and should be properly type-written in
your own words. It will be checked for plagiarism using Turnitin. Any plagiarism or
copying from others will be dealt through the university’s plagiarism procedures. Similarity
(plagiarism) level higher than 10% is highly suspicious.
2. The whole report should be 1500 words plus any relevant material. Any references to
materials should be given in standard Harvard or Vancouver form.
3. Your assignment must be submitted electronically via blackboard by the submission time
or before. The report should be contained in a Word document or pdf document. No other
means of submission will be accepted.
4. Drawings can be done by hand or electronically. They can either be scanned / copied into
your Word or pdf document.
5. Any assignment submitted late, but within 5 working days of the deadline, will be given a
maximum mark of 50%. Assignments submitted more than 5 working days after the
deadline will not be marked, and a mark of 0% will be recorded.
6. Students with special needs will be addressed on individual basis.
(Candidates that may require any special requirement will be dealt with on a one-on-one
basis which must be discussed with the module tutor/lead before the due date).
Learning Outcome to be assessed:
This assignment is structured that students show evidence for partial fulfilment of the following
module learning outcomes
|1.||Design a bearing assembly that minimises friction and wear.|
|2.||Perform qualitative and quantitative analysis on mechanical systems.|
|3.||Design a complete conditioning monitoring system for a machine using ISO
|4.||Design of complete structural health monitoring system using SAE/ ISO standards.|
|5.||Analyse a design for its reliability and maintainability using ISO standard techniques.|
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2020/2021 MODULE CODE: MP 4701
DESIGN AND OPERATION OF SUSTAINABLE SYSTEMS
FIRST SIT COURSE WORK
REG / ID NUMBER:
By submitting electronically, I confirm that this piece of submitted work is all my own work
(unless indicated otherwise within the assignment) and that all references and quotations from
both primary and secondary sources have been fully identified and properly acknowledged in
the body of the writing, with full references at the end.
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FIRST SIT COURSE WORK BRIEF
La Muela II, (Spain) is the biggest pumped hydroelectric storage power plant in Continental
Europe. The altitude difference between the lower and upper reservoir is 524 m. Water flows
between the two reservoirs via the underground power station, through an 840 m-long, 5.45 mdiameter and 45°- inclined penstock, and a conduction tunnel structure. Figure 1 shows the
photographic image of the location of the Cortes-La Mulea hydropower complex in Spain.
Figure 1: Photographic image of the location of the Hydro power plant in Spain
You have been asked to design the bearing to support the weight and pressure of a butterfly
valve (Figure 2) to be installed at the bottom of La Muela II – Cortes pumped hydroelectric
There is a trade-off with the size of the bearing, the size should be big enough to last 25 years
and small enough to reduce the frictional power losses.
This is an open assignment, so the result and viability of the bearings is not known.
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Figure 2 : Shut-off and Butterfly valves
➢ To design the bearings to support the weight and pressure of a butterfly valve to be installed
at the bottom of La Muela II – Cortes pumped hydroelectric storage plant that minimises
friction, wear and maintenance.
➢ To construct a reliability block diagram (RBD) for the butterfly valves and perform failure
mode effects analysis (FMEA) for the butterfly valves.
➢ To propose a monitoring system (sensory- actuation system) that can be used to monitor
system operational condition and prevent system/ sub-systems failure.
You have been asked to provide a short description of the power plant and design the bearing
to support the weight and pressure of a butterfly valve (Figure 2) to be installed at the bottom
of La Muela II – Cortes pumped hydroelectric storage plant. You also need to think of a
mechatronics, control system and reliability of the entire system. Slow operation of the bearing
is generally used to prevent the effect of water hammering. Sensors are used to monitor the
pressure and flow rate of the system. Flow rate takes place in both directions, for pumping and
energy production. The internal diameter of the pipe is mentioned as 5.45 m and water height
pressure is given as 524 m head. The butterfly valve opens and closes every day two times for
100 years. The main pipe is divided into several pipes just before entering the turbine room.
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Provide a detailed, professional report that contains the following items mentioned below:
1. Selection of the bearing to support the weight and pressure of a butterfly valve (Figure 2)
to be installed at the bottom of La Muela II – Cortes pumped hydroelectric storage plant.
Define the design parameters and state any required assumptions.
Hint1: The internal diameter of the pipe is mentioned as 5.45 m and water height
pressure is given as 524 m head. The butterfly valve opens and closes every day two
times for 100 years.
2. Selection of the suitable bearing for the butterfly valve. You will need to justify your
selection. Selection of bearing (diameter/width), calculation of forces and pressure on the
Hint2: The weight and pressure of a butterfly valve is not given and it need to be
estimated or assumed by you.
3. Look through different online resources to find the various failure mechanisms of the
butterfly valve used in the hydro powerplant. Construct a reliability block diagram (RBD)
for the various mechatronics system used in the hydro powerplant. List out all the
assumptions you have made in the construction of the RBD (e.g. failure criteria,
failure/repair interval, maintenance strategy, etc.)
Hint3: Websites mentioned below could be useful however you should also search for
more specific data and put your findings in a table with references cited.
4. Perform the Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) on the various mechatronics system
used in the hydro powerplant. Discuss and compare the salient features of similarities and
differences of the quantitative method like RBD over qualitative method like FMEA.
Hint4: Review the FMEA method and perform the FMEA analysis on the butterfly
5. Propose a monitoring system (sensory – actuation system) that can be used to:
– Monitor the operating condition of the butterfly valve
– Predict the failure transmission elements.
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Describe in detail the main elements of the system. Use block diagrams to support your
Hint5: You have to think about an actuator to prevent failure.
The Department’s Principles of Assessment will be used to determine grading levels.
|1||Selection of bearing to support the weight and pressure of a butterfly valve.
Define the design parameters and state any required assumptions. You will
need to justify your selection. Selection of bearing, calculation of forces and
pressure on the bearing.
|2||Look thought different online resources to find failure data for various
components of valve and construct a reliability block diagram (RBD)
analysis for it.
|3||Perform failure mode effects analysis (FMEA) on the valve. Discuss and
compare the advantages and disadvantages of quantitative method like RBD
over qualitative method like FMEA.
|4||Propose a condition monitoring system (sensory – actuation system) that can
be used to monitor system operational state and prevent system/ sub-systems
failure. Describe in detail the main elements of the system. Use block
diagrams to support your discussion.
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