Skip to main content

Mechanical Design MSK210

The course focuses on the fundamentals of mechanical design including material selection, dimensioning (strength calculation) principles with respect to diverse failure modes such as yielding, buckling and fatigue. Upon understanding the fundamentals, the application of the dimensioning techniques and valid standards are demonstrated for common machine elements such as axles, bearings, springs, brakes as well as welded and bolted joints. Introduction to the study of mechanisms and transmission systems is also briefly given.

Course description for study year 2021-2022. Please note that changes may occur.

Course code




Credits (ECTS)


Semester tution start


Number of semesters


Exam semester


Language of instruction


Offered by

Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science

Learning outcome
Upon completing this course, students are expected to have sufficient knowledge about the function of common machine elements and the dimensioning methods in solving elementary mechanical design problems. By participating in the project work, the students get skills of design methodologies and team work and achieve sufficient general competence about generating new product ideas, innovation, and development of new products and mechanical systems.
Core elements include basics of machine design (design techniques), standards and norms (codes), measuring units, mechanical properties of engineering materials, dimensioning principles, failure modes and failure hypotheses; Strength calculation for screw, weld and press joints, fits and tolerances; dimensioning of axles and rotors, springs, bearings, clutches and break systems; Introduction to study of mechanisms and transmission systems.
Required prerequisite knowledge
Recommended prerequisites
BYG140 Structural Mechanics 1, MAT100 Mathematical Methods 1, MSK200 Materials Technology

MSK200 Material Technology

BYG140 Strength of Materials 1


Written exam and project work

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 7/10 4 Hours A - F Hjelpemiddelhefte utarbeidet av foreleser.
Project work 3/10 A - F

Written exam 4 hours and project work.Written exam is weighted 7/10 and project work 3/10 of total grade.The project is executed by a group of 2 - 3 students for a period of 6 weeks. If one student has not done sufficient contribution to the group work, based on reports from the other members, the student gets fail (F) grade. A student who has got F grade in the project can participate in a new group on a new title when the course is delivered next time.Both the written exam and the project work must be passed to obtain an overall pass grade in the course. 

Coursework requirements
Mandatory assignments
To take exam in this course, 7 out of in total 10 mandatory exercises must be approved.
Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Hirpa Gelgele Lemu
Head of Department: Tor Henning Hemmingsen
Method of work
4 hours lectures and 2 hours exercises per week and project work for 5 weeks with 2 hours pr week tutorial. Compulsory assignments. The project is done as a team work and is graded.
Open for

Mechanical Engineering - Bachelor in Engineering, specialization in design and materials

Mechanical Engineering, Y-path, Bachelor in Engineering

Design and materials - MSc in Technology/Siv.Ing. - 5 years'

Offshore Technology - MSc in Technology/Siv.Ing., 5 years

Industrial Economy - MSc in Technology/Siv.Ing. - 5 years

Course assessment
By form and/or by discussions in class in accordance with university regulations.
Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
Machine elements (BIM150) 10
Search for literature in Leganto