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LMU433 - Machine elements
Syllabus adopted 2021-02-19 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
Main field of study: Automation and Mechatronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Teaching language: English
Application code: 67128
Open for exchange students: Yes
Maximum participants: 80

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0121 Written and oral assignments 2,5 c Grading: UG   2,5 c    
0221 Examination 5,0 c Grading: TH   5,0 c   12 Jan 2022 am L,  12 Apr 2022 am L,  15 Aug 2022 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)

- Explain the principal mode of operation and characteristic properties of the various machine elements.
- Apply calculation methods and dimensioning criteria for the treated machine elements.
- Select the appropriate machine element and design depending on the conditions and operating situation.
- Design desired functions with the treated machine elements.
- Identify opportunities for design improvements through proper use of the treated machine elements.
- Present completed analyzes and calculations from design exercises orally as well as in technical reports.

The included Machine Elements are
- Rolling bearing (incl. Shaft design)
- Screws
- Springs
- Breaks
- Gears (gear transmissions)
- Belt transmissions
- Planetary gears
- Screw transmissions
- Shrink and press joints
- Couplings
- Gearboxes


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, Maskinelement, Studentlitteratur, 2017, ISBN 9789144109053.

Examination including compulsory elements

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

The course examiner may assess individual students in other ways than what is stated above if there are special reasons for doing so, for example if a student has a decision from Chalmers on educational support due to disability.

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