Machine Design





Offered by

Mechanical Engineering




ME-MEC1 and ME-MED1 or similar.

Main purpose

The main purpose of this course is for students to acquire the competences needed to design and dimension a simple machine assembly. Students will in some issues test theory in practice through laboratory work/assignment to gain a deeper understanding of science issues.


After the course, the student has knowledge about:
* How simple mechanical, pneumatic and hydraulic machine systems are build, and know the most common machine elements used for such systems.
* The basics for machine assemblies formed of main components, such as rotary and linear actuators, which works air driven or hydraulically.
* The theoretical basis for calculation and dimensioning of standard mechanical components such as industrial gears, gear pairs, belts, couplings, clutches and brakes.
* The theoretical basis for calculation and dimensioning of simple hydraulic systems, including Bernoulli’s principle for fluid dynamics.
* Function of standard hydraulic components. Simple open hydraulic circuits.


The students will have skills to,
Calculate/define demands for a simple assembly, based on a given set of physical facts and functional needs.
Select machine elements from product data and dimension the size of these, to connect them physically together into a simple machine system.


Having completed this course, students should be able to explain construction and functional principles of simple machines. Understand the parameters for choosing machine elements and for design/dimensioning of simple machine assemblies. Interpret and use the catalogue data for main components. Find and com-pare necessary knowledge and data by web searching. Set up possible solutions for the design of simple assemblies, based on specific demands and criteria.


Teaching methods and study activities

There will be 4 lessons per week for 12 weeks. One week is used for assignment help and one week for repetition. Expected workload for students is 138 hours. Teaching will balance theory and small exercises.
Activities during the course are theory, problem solving and work in classes.
Student Activity Model:
According to the Study Activity Model, the workload is divided as follows:

Category 1, Initiated by the lecturer with the participation of lecturer and students: 38 hours – 28%
Category 2: Initiated by lecturer with participation of students: 75 hours – 54 %
Category 3: Initiated by students with participation of students: 25 hours – 18 %
Category 4: Initiated by students with the participation of lecturer and students: 0 hours – 0%



• Steven R. Schmid - Fundamentals of Machine Elements
• Andrew Parr, Hydraulics & Pneumatics.
• Notes given in class




Requirements for attending examination

Type of examination:
Individual oral examination based upon a subject found by draw. 
Preparation time 20 minutes.
Exam time 20 minutes.
External censor

Allowed tools:
Personal notes

As ordinary

Grading criteria


Additional information



Bo Leander Gylling

Valid from

8/1/2020 12:00:00 AM

Course type

Compulsory Course for Mechanical Engineering
3. semester