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MF2005 Innovative Design I 12.0 credits

This course aims to give the students a better ability to perform reasoning and considerations in a more engineering like manner when detailing of simple products. This course builds on earlier acquired knowledge within e.g. mechanics, solid mechanics, electrical engineering and product development. One important part of the course is to use standard components and to select material to the parts that bring these together as well as to consider manufacturing issues e.g. when creating drawings and other manufacturing documents. In addition the course deals with how to reason in order to estimate loads for dimensioning of structure elements as well as machine elements. An introduction is also given to topics that deal with innovations such as patens and other propriety rights.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus MF2005 (Autumn 2017–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

This course deals with an applied subject where earlier acquired knowledge is applied and integrated with new theory being presented. The curriculum can be divided into four main parts:

1. Innovations, entrepreneurship, patent

2. Design structures

  • Embodiment design, and detailing
  • Load carrying structures, applying loads
  • Load lines, stress concentrations
  • Material selection, available profiles of suppliers
  • Manufacturing adaptation

3. Documentation and communication

  • Technical drawings
  • Dimensioning, tolerances

4. Systems design

  • Prime movers
  • Transmissions
  • Joints, couplings

The theoretical content is presented at the lectures and is applied at exercises and in assignments.

Intended learning outcomes

After completed course the student should be able to:

  • Design and detail simple mechanical products based on engineering reasoning and considerations
  • Apply earlier acquired knowledge within e.g. mechanics, solid mechanics, electrical engineering and product development.
  • Develop and estimate loads as a basis for dimensioning of structure elements as well as selection of machine elements
  • Dimensioning of simple machine elements such as flanged bearings; shrink fits belt- and chain transmissions
  • Apply basic criteria for designing products considering e.g. load lines, load distribution, adaptation for manufacturing.
  • Select material and components from sub supplier’s catalogs for design of simple products.
  • Produce detailed drawings including manufacturing tolerances for simpler system products.
  • Describe what characterizes an innovation
  • Explain what demands that need to fulfilled to obtain a patent

Course disposition

Lectures 24 h

Tutorials 96 h

One project assignment
Two hand in exercises

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

A Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or the equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

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Course literature

Maskinelement, Olsson, Karl-Olof, Liber Förlag 2006. or

Machine Elements in Mechanical Design, Robert L Mott, ISBN 0-13-197644-3

Reference literature

Mechanical and Metal Trades Hanbook, Verlag Europa Lehrmittel

Ritteknik, Lundkvist, Bo, Liber 2007

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 - Assignments, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 6.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, 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

To pass this course requires an approved assignment (INL1; 3 hp), an approved project (PRO1; 6 hp) and an approved written examination (TEN1; 3 hp)

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 MF2005

Offered by

ITM/Machine Design

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Kjell Andersson,, 08 790 6374