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MF2076 Machine Design Advanced Course Part I 9.0 credits

Machine design involves design of a vide range of products, from complex machines, e.g. cars,  to more simple products such as bicycle transmissions which we all meet in our daily life. To design, means to create new solutions to the problem we are facing in an engineering correct manner, This means that we should address the real problem and make a solution as simple as possible which also is possible to realize in an industrial environment considering e.g. aspects of economy, energy and environment.

For solving the design tasks we use modern CAE programs for creating geometry and for analysis, but an important part is also to generalize and make rough estimations based on these generalizations.

This course is preparing you for your upcoming work as an engineer or product developer. It also gives you knowledge and skills in planning, participating and leading product development work of integrated and modularized products. In addition you will be trained to use CAE tools for design, simulation and analysis and to communicate technical results orally and in writing. 

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MF2076 (Spring 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Machine design is a generic term for design of different types of products, everything from complex composite machines, e.g. cars to simple products, e.g. bicycle transmissions, that we come across in our daily life.
To design implies that we should create new solutions for the problems we are facing, in an engineering correct way, i.e. we should solve the right problems, preferably as simply as possible, which also have real, industrial relevance, considering aspects such as finance, energy and environment. As an aid in the design work, we utilise modern computer programs for geometry definition and analysis, but estimates are also important.

The course is a professional or vocational course for you as future design engineer or product designer. The course introduces a JML perspectives on product development in teams, with a distancing from all forms of discrimination.
The course gives knowledge and training in projecting, participating in and leading development work of modern integrated and/or modularised products. Furthermore, you are trained in using computer aided design, simulation and analysis and to communicate technical results orally and in written.

The course is project-based and focuses on the early phases of the product development process. It implies that you will work in a group and focus on a defined project, and plan for and also carry out concept generation and evaluation for the specific project task that your group has been assigned. The course is an applied course, which the implies that previously acquired knowledge from areas such as mechanics, solid mechanics, electrical engineering, product development and design is applied in the work with the current project.

The course includes the early phases of the design process, which implies that the following activities are commonly occurring in the project work.

·       Project-based working methods, including project management and follow-up of project plans.

·       Development of specification, concept generation and evaluation of concepts. Furthermore, simple physical or digital prototypes should be created for selected product concepts.

·       Application of a systematic model-based development process at analysis, simulation and verification of product concepts during the concept phase

Application of principles of ecofriendly design and reflection over 

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the students should be able to:

1. Plan and participate at development of both integrated and modularised mechanical products

2) Carry out the early phases of the product development process from specification and concept generation to prototyping based on a systematic approach. Design and detail both components and subsystems of mechanical products from concepts to manufacturing documentation and prototypes with a focus on:

·       Retrieving a specification.

·       Applying methods for concept generation and evaluation of concepts utilising matrix based methods.

·       Analyse and verify product concepts against the set requirements in the specification.

·       Create simple physical or digital models for evaluation of concept properties.

3. Apply principles of ecofriendly design and reflect on environmental consequences of for example choice of concept and design.

4. Include perspectives of gender equality, diversity and equal opportunities, JML, when developing mechanical products.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Bachelor of Science, subject area mechanical engineering or equivalent

MF2010 Component design or the equivalent

MF2068 Machine Dynamics or the equivalent

Recommended prerequisites

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1 ”Machine Elements in Mechanical Design” by Robert L. Mott

2 Hand-out material during the course.

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 - Assignment, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PROA - Project, 5.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TENA - Digital Quiz, 1.0 credits, grading scale: 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.

Written assignments (individual) and project (group) are assessed and marked separately. The final grade is based on a weighted average of these examination parts.

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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Kjell Andersson, 08-790 6374,

Transitional regulations

Students who have not completed the course according to an earlier official course syllabus have the right to request examination according to that official course syllabus during the two years following the termination of the course. Thereafter, the new official course syllabus applies and students may where appropriate request transfer of item credits from the old official course syllabus.