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MMF293 - Machine elements
Syllabus adopted 2015-02-20 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TKDES
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Design Engineering

Teaching language: Swedish
Block schedule: A

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0115 Examination, part A 4,5c Grading: TH   4,5c   28 Oct 2015 am M,  04 Jan 2016 pm M,  16 Aug 2016 pm M
0215 Written and oral assignments, part B 3,0c Grading: UG   3,0c    

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Univ lektor  Göran Gustafsson


MMF291   Machine elements MMF292   Machine elements


In order to be eligible for a first cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme(s) that has the course included in the study programme.

Course specific prerequisites

Mechanics, mechanics of materials and materials science


The students will develop basic knowledge of several common machine elements. By combining knowledge from previous courses with new the students learn to calculate the performance of mechanical engineering systems and components.

The students also gain basic knowledge of the CAD modelling systems Pro/Engineer and CATIA V5.

The concept of engineering skills is central to the course and here implies having the ability to model a system at an appropriate level in relation to the nature of the problem, the ability to make reasonable approximations as well as creativity and relevance control. The students develop such understanding of the subject that they can participate in discussions on the choice of machine components and design of components and subsystems to achieve the functions and performance sought.

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

The machine elements part of the course (part A): to account for the principal operation and characteristics of the discussed machine elements, and to perform relevant calculations using dimensioning criteria. Be able to select the appropriate machine element and its specifications based on the context and operating situation. Be able to design desired functions and identify potential design improvements through correct use of the discussed machine elements. Be able to write technical reports presenting the analyses and calculations.

The CAD part of the course (part B): perform 3D modelling, compilation and drawing creation in the 3D systems Pro/Engineer and CATIA V5 as well as data transfer between different CAD systems.


Machine elements is a subject in which the student uses previously gained engineering knowledge. Analysis of machine elements is mainly about applying mechanics, mechanics of materials, materials science and mathematics. Beyond practicing factual knowledge, the student also exercises important engineering skills. He/she must be able to independently make assumptions and approximations, structure complex problems on his/her own and solve so called open-ended problems. The latter are problems which, among other characteristics, lack a clear and unambiguous solution. Machine elements therefore has a central position in mechanical engineering. The course treats screw joint reinforcements, interference and shrinkage fits, expanding, compressible and conical joints as well as various other joints, rolling bearings, springs, shaft couplings, brakes, toothed transmission gears and belt drives. The course literature treats a larger number of machine elements and is therefore also suitable as reference literature.


The scheduled time in machine elements amounts to about 40 h of mixed lectures and exercises and about 20 h work on solving realistic problems. The CAD part of the course mainly consists of about 50 h of supervised scheduled exercises and lectures. Theory and practical exercises alternate.


Mart Mägi and Kjell Melkersson: Lärobok i Maskinelement (in Swedish), EcoDev International AB, 2006. Exercises in machine elements. SKF rolling bearings catalogue.


The students course grade is based on his/her results from the written exam, the submitted CAD work and other exercises.

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