Course Number: RET 121 Course Title: Mechanical Power I
Transcript Title:Mechanical Power I
Credit Hours: 5 Lecture Hours: 40
Lab Hours: 30
Pre-reqs: None Co-reqs: None
This course focuses on learning the fundamentals of mechanical power. It emphasizes learning
the different mechanical components from nuts and bolts to gears, gear boxes, shafts and
bearings. It demonstrates the importance of lubrication in maintaining gears and other movable
parts. Basic alignment and mechanical physics are taught, including aerodynamics. Prerequisites: None Co-requisites: None
Upon finishing this course, students will:
• Be prepared to take Mechanical Power II, which involves larger-scale mechanical
construction using knowledge and experience gained from taking Mechanical Power I.
• Build and maintain mechanical and electrical equipment having movable parts.
• Troubleshoot mechanical problems.
• Work safely both alone and in a team.
Outcome Assessment Strategies:
Evaluation is done by midterm and final exams, quality of lab work and of a term project.
Text & Materials: (suggested and/or required)
• FAG Rolling Bearings, Catalogue WI. 41 520/3 ED, 2000 Edition. FAG Bearings Sales
Corporation, Danbury, CT. Hydraulics:
• Mott, Robert L., 2006, Applied Fluid Mechanics, 6th Edition. Merrill Publishing Co., Columbus,
• Smith, Jamie C., Ed., 2004, Fundamentals of Technology: Principles of Hydraulics. MB 400
Manual, 3rd Edition. TII Technical Education Systems, Mundelein, IL. Tribology:
• Bharat, Bushan, 2002, Introduction to Tribology. John Wiley & Sons, New York, NY.
• A custom textbook will also be created consisting of selected chapters and articles from journal,
manual, textbook, and Web resources, copied with publishers’ permission
Course Activities & Design:
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues, and Skills):
• Description of different types of nuts and bolts, fasteners, propellers, bearings, and other
pieces of machinery involved in the construction of wind turbines.
• The importance of lubrication to reduce frictional wear of gears and other types of
mechanical moving parts. This topic will review material covered in Hydraulics 120
• Introduction to bearing technology.
• Descriptions of pressure gauges, intensifiers, hydraulic accumulators, pumps, and lubrication
properties of petroleum-based fluids. This topic might be review material covered in
• Definitions of mathematical quantities such as scalar, vector, scientific notation, and frame of
• Definitions of physical quantities, such as linear force, momentum, and energy; angular
velocity and momentum, torque, moment of inertia; and other quantities used to describe
characteristics of wind turbine technology.
• Physics of kinetic energy transfer from wind to propeller to electric turbine, and energy loss
through mechanical friction and electrical resistance.
• Basic aerodynamic concepts that govern how wind interacts with a turbine propeller.
MB 300 Mechanisms System and Laboratory Manual