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Syllabus for

Academic year
LMU432 - Machine elements  
Syllabus adopted 2020-02-19 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TIMEL
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Automation and Mechatronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Teaching language: English
Application code: 67120
Open for exchange students: Yes

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0110 Examination 7,5c Grading: TH   7,5c   13 Jan 2021 am L   08 Apr 2021 am L,  16 Aug 2021 am L  

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Magnus Evertsson

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General entry requirements for bachelor's level (first cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

The same as for the programme that owns the course.
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

The courses TME221 Mechanics, Mechanics advanced course and LMU113 Strength of materials, or equivalent knowledge.


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. Special attention is drawn to mechanical transmissions. The subject has a central role for a mechatronic engineer because of the wide multitude of machine elements in a lot of different areas (from kitchen devices to vehicles).

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

to describe the fundamental way of operation and the characteristic performance of some machine elements as:
  • belt transmissions.
  • planetary gear trains.
  • different types of gear boxes.
  • power screws.
  • bolted joints.
  • press and shrink interference joints.
  • brakes
The student will also receive skills in dimensioning the machine elements above. Furthermore, the student will have knowledge and be able to make easier analysis of:
  • clutches and couplings.
  • springs.
  • bearings.
  • gear transmissions.


For the analyses of machine elements knowledge in mechanics, strength of materials and mathematics are used as "tools". In addition, engineering skills are trained such as assumptions and approximations and handling of complex problems with a wide solutions space. The treated machine elements in the course are listed above.


The course is divided into integrated lectures and problem solving sessions (50 h), major assignments (10 h) and labs (4 h).


Mägi, Melkersson och Evertsson, Lärobok i Maskinelement, Studentlitteratur, 2017

Examination including compulsory elements

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

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