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Mechanical Design

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

The course focuses on the fundamentals of mechanical design including material selection, dimensioning (strength calculation) principles with respect to diverse failure modes such as yielding, buckling and fatigue. Upon understanding the fundamentals, the application of the dimensioning techniques and valid standards are demonstrated for common machine elements such as axles, bearings, springs, brakes as well as welded and bolted joints. Introduction to the study of mechanisms and transmission systems is also briefly given.

Learning outcome

Upon completing this course, students are expected to have sufficient knowledge about the function of common machine elements and the dimensioning methods in solving elementary mechanical design problems. By participating in the project work, the students get skills of design methodologies and team work and achieve sufficient general competence about generating new product ideas, innovation, and development of new products and mechanical systems.


Core elements include basics of machine design (design techniques), standards and norms (codes), measuring units, mechanical properties of engineering materials, dimensioning principles, failure modes and failure hypotheses; Strength calculation for screw, weld and press joints, fits and tolerances; dimensioning of axles and rotors, springs, bearings, clutches and break systems; Introduction to study of mechanisms and transmission systems.

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended previous knowledge

BYG140 Structural Mechanics 1, MAT100 Mathematical Methods 1, MSK200 Materials Technology

MSK200 Material Technology

BYG140 Strength of Materials 1


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam and project work1/14 hoursA - FCompendium of formulae.1)
Written exam 4 hours and project work.
Written exam is weighted 7/10 and project work 3/10 of total grade.
Both parts must be passed to obtain an overall pass in the subject. The subject teacher sets the final grade.
1) Handed out at exam.

Coursework requirements

Mandatory assignments
To take exam in this course, 7 out of in total 10 mandatory exercises must be approved.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Hirpa Gelgele Lemu
Head of Department
Tor Henning Hemmingsen

Method of work

4 hours lectures and 2 hours exercises per week and project work for 5 weeks with 2 hours pr week tutorial. Compulsory assignments. The project is done as a team work and is graded.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Machine elements (BIM150_1) 10

Open to

Mechanical Engineering - Bachelor in Engineering, specialization in design and materials

Mechanical Engineering, Y-path, Bachelor in Engineering

Design and materials - MSc in Technology/Siv.Ing. - 5 years'

Offshore Technology - MSc in Technology/Siv.Ing., 5 years

Industrial Economy - MSc in Technology/Siv.Ing. - 5 years

Course assessment

By form and/or by discussions in class in accordance with university regulations.


Hirpa Lemu: Dimensjonering av maskinelementer (Kompendium, Attende 2017)
1.Joseph E. Shigley and Charles R. Mischke: Mechanical Engineering Design, 8th ed., 2004.
2.Robert L. Norton, Machine Design: An Integrated Approach, 3rd ed., 2005.

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 25.02.2020