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Advanced Machine Elements 7.5 credits

Avancerade maskinelement
Second cycle, M7018T
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Machine Elements
Subject group (SCB)
Mechanical Engineering

Entry requirements

Fundamental understanding in physics, chemistry, solid mechanics, material science and machine components

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
After finishing the course, the student should:

Knowledge and understanding

  • Understand the design, function and fundamental mechanisms of advanced machine elements such as couplings, planetary and worm gears, seals and plain bearings
  • Understand the design, function and basic mechanisms for systems of machine elements such as transmissions and actuators (motors).
  • Understand how machine elements interact in systems
  • Have insight into ongoing research and development work in the subject area of machine element 

Show ability to:

  • Be able to use modern mathematical models and tools to analyze, predict and dimension machine elements
  • Be able to choose machine components from an energy, environmental, service life and cost perspective
  • Be familiar with dimensioning, analyzing, predicting the function of machine components in systems
  • Have the ability to select the most suitable components with regard to the machine element system's intended function and impact on humans, the environment, energy use and climate

Judgement and approach

  • Have trained your ability to think engineering
  • Be able to determine what simplifications and assumptions can be made in analyzes of machine elements
  • Be able to understand the need for new knowledge in machine elements and what future challenges the area faces

This is an advanced course in the subject machine elements. The course picks up where the basic courses on machine components ended. This means that we in this course §address more advanced aspects of the most common machine elements. Machine elements such as various transmissions (planetary gears, worm gears, clutches, etc.), engines (internal combustion, hydraulic and electric motors), bearings (rolling and plain bearings) are treated from a perspective that includes strength, energy efficiency, cost, environmental impact and service life. The systems perspective is also included in the course. This means that systems of machine elements rather than individual components are treated. The general purpose of the course is to give the student sufficient knowledge of machine elements and machine systems so that he can dimension and choose components him/her-self. Calculations aimed at making dimensioning and selection are therefore central. The student can both use ready-made calculation tools and develop their own. Research and development in machine elements, at companies and universities, is also highlighted.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The teaching consists of lectures that are either recorded or carried out together with the students in a classroom. The lectures are then combined with practice-lessons where the students are given the opportunity to practice tasks related to the lectures under supervision. The course is divided into a number of work packages which after lectures and lessons end with a home assignment which deals with the content in the work package where a major problem of an open nature is to be solved individually or in small groups. The homework is then presented orally to the class on a presentation lesson linked to each work package. Some work packages are also supplemented with laboratory work that is presented orally in the same way as other theoretical homework assignments.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
The learning objectives are examined through grading according to grading scale U 3 4 5 of oral presentations from homework and laboratory work, as well as from an oral examination at the end of the course where the student is individually questioned by the teachers in the various work packages. The final grade is calculated as a combination of all graded elements in the course. Attendance is mandatory on the course's presentation lessons. During the course, there are also a number of quizzes available in the work packages, all of which must be approved at the end of the course in order to receive grades 3,4 or 5 according to the above grading of other course elements.

Pär Marklund

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2021 Sp 1
Compendiums available via course rooms in Canvas
Handouts from the lectures
Websites such as

The following literature will also be used or referenced:
- Karl-Olof Olsson, ”Maskinelement”, ISBN13 9789147052738 , eller
- Eriksson et al., ”Maskinelement”, Kompendium tekniska högskolan i Luleå , eller
- Bernard J. Hamrock, Bo O. Jacobson, Steven R. Schmid, ” Fundamentals of machine elements”, WCB/McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0256190690.

Course offered by
Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0007Oral exam/Home assignmentsG U 3 4 57.50MandatoryA20
0008QuizzesU G#0.00MandatoryA21

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by Department of Applied Physics and Mechanical Engineering 07 Aug 2010

Last revised
by Head Faculty Programme Director Niklas Lehto 17 Feb 2021