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Machine Design

With a background in computer-aided calculation methods, we have a research profile that supports simulation driven design. Our research areas are modelling, simulation and product development.


Machine Design has a longstanding history of cooperation, both national and international, with different companies. Since the start, on 1 January 1989, we have carried out research and education related to product development and we now have a well-established position in this field.

In 1994, we were selected by NUTEK (The National Board for Industrial and Technical Development) to start one of 30 competence centres that would operate for ten years. This attested to our success in the field of product development, and on 1 March 1995, the Polhem Laboratory began operating as the first NUTEK/VINNOVA centre of excellence in the country. Further confirmation of our strong position came 12 years later (on 12 March 2007), when, as the only leader of a successfully completed competence-centre programme, we also became the first to start a VINN EXCELLENCE CENTER, the Faste Laboratory, of which the focus is on functional products.

Parallel with the work of the Polhem Laboratory and the Faste Laboratory, the SIRIUS course has been developed. The course is intended partly for students specializing in design/product development in the Mechanical Engineering MSc programme but is also open to students in other programmes. In the SIRIUS course, product development projects are initiated and financed by our industrial partners, which gives students a unique insight into leading-edge industrial projects and provides them with an education that leads directly to employment. The companies not only receive assistance with the actual work of developing products, they also create a network for future recruiting.


Jan-Olov Aidanpää, Chaired Professor, Machine Design