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Syllabus for

Academic year
PPU210 - Machine elements  
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-21 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TKMAS
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Mechanical Engineering

Teaching language: Swedish
Application code: 55142
Open for exchange students: No
Only students with the course round in the programme plan

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0113 Design exercise + laboratory 3,0 c Grading: UG   3,0 c    
0213 Examination 4,5 c Grading: TH   4,5 c   12 Jan 2021 am J   08 Apr 2021 am J,  16 Aug 2021 am J  

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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

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

Examination including compulsory elements

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

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