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Year 1 Design for Industry. Introduction to Engineering John Errington. What structures are made of How they are put together How they work together What makes them active. Engineering materials Construction Mechanics Power sources - Electricity. Topic overview.

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year 1 design for industry

Year 1 Design for Industry

Introduction to Engineering

John Errington

topic overview
What structures are made of

How they are put together

How they work together

What makes them active

Engineering materials



Power sources - Electricity

Topic overview
the role of the engineer
The role of the engineer
  • It has been said that the role of an engineer is in applying science to technology.
  • You might say that the role of a designer is in applying creativity and innovation to technology.
  • Development of an effective product relies on designer, engineer and production team communicating and working effectively together.
  • Its therefore important for the designer to have a basic understanding of engineering.
common vocabulary











We think we know what these words mean – but in engineering a new design we need to choose between materials based on their properties. This means we must compare one with another, and to do this we need to have standards by which the hardness, toughness, strength etc can be measured. We start by establishing precise definitions of each term.

Common vocabulary
example hardness
Example: hardness

Hardness is the property of a material that allows it to resist plastic deformation, indentation or scratching.

Geologists use the mohs hardness scale to help identify unknown minerals.

mohs hardness scale
Mohs hardness scale

Hardness (H) is the resistance offered by a mineral to scratching, as determined by comparison with other minerals of known hardness. A series of ten common minerals ranked in order of increasing hardness comprises the Mohs scale of hardness (listed below). The normal testing procedure is to use samples of these minerals to try to scratch the unknown mineral, cross - checking by trying to scratch them with the unknown.

Finger nails (H = 2 or higher depending on diet), copper pennies (H = 3),plate glass (H = 5.5), and a steel knife or file (H = 6.5) can also be used for comparison, although the hardnesses of these items are variable.

The mohs hardness scale is of little use in engineering as it tells us steel is harder than copper – but not how much harder. We need a more precise way of measuring hardness.


As you can see the mohs scale is not linear

* As measured by Rosiwal cutting resistance test

physical and mechanical properties of materials
Physical and Mechanical properties of materials

We will return to examine different engineering materials, their properties and the way they are measured later in the course.