Syllabus academic year 2007/2008

Higher education credits: 4,5. Grading scale: TH. Level: A (Second level). Language of instruction: The course might be given in English. Optional for: I4pu, M4, M4pu. Course coordinator: Associate prof. Åke Burman,, Maskinkonstruktion. Prerequisites: MMK140 Computer Based Engineering Design Analysis 1 or equivalent. Assessment: For a final passing grade the student must pass an individual assignment. The assignment can be resubmitted with improvements if the student does not receive a passing grade the first time, but the student will only receive the minimum passing grade (G). Home page:

This course aims to provide students with insight into how advanced computer aids through an extensive integration can be utilised to reduce lead times while increasing efficiency and quality in development and design projects. Such aids are introduced in this course for the following activities: modelling, analysis and optimisation of non-linear static and dynamic systems.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

The main emphasis of the course is on non-linear design analysis. Design analysis in this context primarily concerns the utilisation of computer based analysis methods/techniques for quantitative problem solving in the design process. The finite element method (FEM) is primarily dealt with and methods and techniques for the analysis of non-linear static and dynamic mechanical systems. The current software programs are ANSYS, CfDesign and Pro/ENGINEER. Modelling is a crucial element in the analysis activity, in which the goal is a transfer of the technical solution that has been developed in a usable form for the subsequent operations. Structural analysis, thermal analyses and CFD analyses of non-linear and/or dynamic phenomena are becoming increasing more common in product development in order to optimally simulate the product’s actual environment and characteristics. The course lectures deal with the theory of modelling strategies and types of analysis. Each student is expected to solve and submit a modelling and analysis assignment.

Burman, Å. (ed.), Lecture material, Division of Machine Design, LTH, 2007.