Advanced Machine Elements 7.5 credits

Avancerade maskinelement
Second cycle, M7018T
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2020 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Department of Applied Physics and Mechanical Engineering 07 Aug 2010

Last revised
by Niklas Lehto 14 Feb 2020

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
When you have finished the course you will:

1. Knowledge and understanding
  • Understand design, function and basic mechanisms of advanced machine components such as clutches planetary and worm gears, rolling bearings and journal bearings.
  • Understand design, function and basic mechanisms of systems of machine components such as transmissions and hydraulics.
  • Understand how machine components interact in systems
  • Know about ongoing research and development activities in the field of machine elements

2. Skills and abilities
  • Be able to use modern mathematical models and tools for the analysis, prediction and dimensioning of machine components.
  • Be able to select machine components from an energy, environment, service life and cost perspective.
  • Be able to dimensioning, analyze and predict the function of systems of machine elements
  • Have the ability to select the most suitable components for a system by taking into account its impact on humans, environment, energy usage and climate.

3. Assessment and reasoning
  • Been training yourself in engineering reasoning
  • Have the ability to simplify and make assumptions when setting up models of machine components
  • Know the need for new knowledge in the field of machine elements and understand the future challenges in the field

This is an advanced course on the subject of machine elements. This course picks up where basic courses on machine components ended. This means that we in this course take up more advanced aspects of the most common machine elements. Machine elements such as different transmissions (planetary gears, worm gears, hydrostatic , etc.) , motors ( combustion , hydraulic and electric motors) , bearings ( rolling and sliding bearings ) are treated from a perspective which include strength, energy efficiency, cost, environmental impact and service life.
The system perspective is also addressed in the course. This means that the system of machine elements rather than individual components is treated.
The fundamental aim of the course is to give students sufficient knowledge of machine elements and machine element systems so that s/he himself can dimension and select components. Calculations that aims to make the dimension and selection is therefore key. Students will use different software such as multi-physics tools and tools for solving time dependent differential equations.
Research and development in the field of machine elements at companies and universities, are also highlighted .

Lectures, tutorials, home assignments and students’ oral presentations of home assignments.

Home assignments (written report), oral presentation of home assignments, and individual oral examination.

Pär Marklund

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2014 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Texts available in Fronter
Lecture handouts
Webbpages such as
The following literature will also be used or be referred to:
Bernard J. Hamrock, Bo O. Jacobson, Steven R. Schmid, ” Fundamentals of machine elements”, WCB/McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0256190690

The following books may also be useful (but are not compulsory):
· Collins et al, “Mechanical Design of Machine Elements and Machines”, ISBN 978-0-470-41303-6
· A van Beek, ”Advanced engineering design – Lifetime performance and reliability”, TU Delft, the Netherlands.

Other books can also be used, discuss with examiner.

Course offered by
Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0007Oral exam/Home assignmentsG U 3 4 57.50MandatoryA20

Study guidance
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