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Syllabus for

Academic year
TME035 - Machine elements
Syllabus adopted 2012-02-22 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TKMAS
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Mechanical Engineering

Teaching language: Swedish
Block schedule: LA

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0105 Examination 4,5c Grading: TH   4,5c   15 Dec 2012 am M,  02 Apr 2013 pm V,  26 Aug 2013 pm M
0205 Design exercise + laboratory 3,0c Grading: UG   3,0c    

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Bitr professor  Magnus Evertsson


MMF021   Machine elements

Course evaluation:


For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

Basic knowledge in mechanics, strengh of materials, material science and
mathematics corresponding to the first courses in the MSc-program in
mechanical engineering at Chalmers.


The aim of the course is that students are to attain deep, basic understanding about a selection of machine elements of central importance in mechanical engineering.
The level of understanding should be such that the students in their profession as engineers should be able to participate in discussions regarding selection of components, design of parts and subsystems in order to achieve required functionality and performance. The machine elements covered in the course are: rolling bearings, hydrodynamic plain bearings, bolted joints, linear springs, brakes, toothed spur gears and belt transmissions.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

- Describe the fundamental way of operation and the characteristic performance of the machine elements covered in the course
Apply calculation methods and appropriate design criteria for the machine elements
Chose suitable machine elements and type depending on application and operating situation
Create (design) required functionality by utilizing the machine elements in applications
Identify potential improvements of a design by correct utilization of a machine element
Present calculations, analysis and design considerations in technical reports


Machine Elements is a subject in which knowledge and engineering skills are applied. For the analyses of machine elements knowledge in mechanics, strength of materials, engineering materials and mathematics is needed.

In addition, engineering skills are trained such as: assumptions, approximations, handling of complex problems with a wide solutions space. Machine Elements is therefore of central importance for mechanical engineers.

Seven different types of commonly used machine elements have been chosen to be treated in the course. These are:

rolling bearings
hydrodynamic plain bearings
bolted joints
linear springs
toothed spur gears
belt transmissions


The course includes about 14 lectures, 7 problem solving sessions, three major assignments tutored at 14 occasions and two labs (Friction estimation in threads and pretension of bolted joints).


Mägi och Melkersson, Lärobok i Maskinelement, EcoDev International AB, 2006

Evertsson och Svedensten, Maskinelement - Övningar, Studentlitteratur 2005, ISBN 91-44-03619-1

SKF Main Catalogue


The examination is based on a written exam, grades TH, and also approved assignments and labs.

Published: Wed 26 Feb 2020.