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The course Components Design aims at improving the understanding for how components in mechanical products are designed. A number of components are analyzed in the course with regard to function, reliability, forces, stresses, causes of failure etc. The components are partly analyzed by means of known design tools such as Finite Elements and Monte Carlo simulation, but the students are also practiced in making and evaluating models and algorithms of their own.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus MF1046 (Autumn 2013–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The main part of the course consists of a project. The project aim to design a new or improve an existing product. Aspects of form, function and manufacturing must be considered. The proposals shall then be illustrated with physical and virtual models (eg pasteboard and 3D CAD). The project starts with a kick-off with exercises in project work, group dynamics and creativity.

The projects is supported with tutorials, exercises and laboratory work. The teacher led activities includes the following topics: CAD, MATLAB, Design, and Communication.

Also included in the course is a lecture and excercises in study technique.

The concept sustainability is introduced and in excercises the role of the engineer within this field is discussed. 

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the student should

a) have knowledge of design and product development process and methodology and the engineer´s role in this.

b) know the historical background of industrial design and the importance of  industrial design in the product development process.

c) be able to use methods for increasing creativity and  knowledge of group dynamic excercises.

d) be able to use some of the engineer´s computor tools, specifically:

- MATLAB to make simple program that solves the basic mathematical and engineering problems.

- CAD for making 3D models for pictorial communication and base for production.

- MS Word for writing reports with figures and  graphs.

e) be able to visualize concepts of products by simple sketches and  models.

f) have experiance of working in both small and large groups with formal project meetings and tasks.

g) understand  the structural setup of a technical report and have training in language and contet in a technical report.

h) be able to prepare and conduct an oral presentation.

i) understand the role of study technique for successfull studies.

j) be able to describe the concept sustainable development.


Course Disposition

Examination is made through oral and written presesentations of projects and assignments. For some parts mandatory attendance is demanded.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Secondary Skills or equivalent required for admission to the program design and product development.
"Mandatory for Year 1, can not be read by other students'

Recommended prerequisites

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Folkeson, A., Kommunikation för ingenjörer, Maskinkonstruktion, KTH, 2003

Kursmaterial som omfattar bl a Matlab, CAD, Arbetsmetodik, Skissteknik och Modellmaterial

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • INL1 - Hand in Task, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • INL2 - Hand in Task, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • INL3 - Hand in Task, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • PRO2 - Project, 4,5 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • SEM1 - Seminary, 0,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • SEM2 - Seminary, 1,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

The final grade for the course is obtained by weighing the performance of the different examinations.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web MF1046

Offered by

ITM/Machine Design

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Anna Hedlund-Åström, 08-790 6444,