Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
Credits: 4,5. Grading scale: TH. Cycle: A (Second Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course might be given in English. Optional for: M4me, M4pu, MD4. Course coordinator: Associate Professor Åke Burman,, Machine Design. Prerequisites: Knowledge equivalent to the first two years of Mechanical Engineering at Lund University, Faculty of Engineering, FHL064 Finite Element Method or equivalent. Recommended prerequisits: MMK010/MMKA15 Manual and Computer Aided Drafting in Mechanical Engineering. The course might be cancelled if the number of applicants is less than 16. Assessment: For a final passing grade the student must pass the two required problem-based individual assignments. The final grade is the average of the two assignment grades. Please note that the assignments can be resubmitted with improvements if the student does not receive a passing grade the first time, but they will only be credited with the minimum number of points to pass. 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 construction projects. Such aids are introduced in this course for the following activities: modelling, analysis and optimization.

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

Design analysis in the given context primarily concerns the utilisation of computer based analysis methods/techniques for quantitative problem solving in the engineering design process. The finite element method (FEM) is primarily dealt with for the analysis of these mechanical systems.

An important part of the design analysis is modelling and handling of the interactions between the different software (structural, thermal and flow) utilised. The goal is to transfer the obtained analyses results into the actual design solution, thus facilitating the preceeding design activities.

The software utilised in the course are: ANSYS WorkBench, CFDesign och Pro/ENGINEER.

The lectures are focusing on modelling and selection of analysis type.

Burman, Å., Lecture material from the Division of Machine Design, LTH.