Advanced Mechanical Design and Simulation (MSK900)

The main objective of this course is to provide a comprehensive theoretical and practical understanding of advanced approaches to design, geometric modeling and mechanical analysis and simulation. The course focuses on the methods and tools used for effective design and modeling of mechanical parts and simulation of machines, mechanisms and processes. Product development, manufacturing, process, and service systems' design/operation optimization using statistical and operational research techniques supported life cycle assessment for green transition following circular economy goals and lean manufacturing approaches.

Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.


Course code




Credits (ECTS)


Semester tution start

Spring, Autumn

Number of semesters


Exam semester

Spring, Autumn

Language of instruction



The course content is customized according to the research direction of the potential candidate(s), and may include, among others, the following topics: design process, problem definition and design concept generation; Team work in design; Modeling and simulation, Geometric modeling; Computer methods for design for x (for example design for manufacturing, design for assembly, design for inspection and maintenance, etc.); Concepts of virtual engineering, Parametric design, Human factors in design work, Design related risks, reliability and safety; Structural integrity, Robust design; Economic design and cost evaluation; Legal and ethical issues in design; Material modeling and simulation techniques. Product development, manufacturing, process, and service systems' design and operations' optimization using statistical and operational research techniques supported life cycle assessment for green transition following circular economy goals and lean manufacturing approaches.

Learning outcome

Upon finishing the course, the candidate is expected to be able to, among others:

  • Understand various approaches to product development from circular economy goals and sustainable development goals perspectives.
  • Use of digital tools for product development and design optimization using life cycle assessment - circular economy and sustainable development goals' perspectives.
  • Use of operational research and statistical optimization approaches.
  • Understand lean manufacturing approaches and use of lean thinking for waste minimization in engineering product development, design, and operations.
  • Distinguish the systematic approaches used in various design for x principles
  • Use advanced functions in commercial 3D modeling and simulation software
  • Simulate performance of machines, mechanisms and processes
  • Understand the concepts of engineering design optimization and virtual engineering

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended prerequisites

Basic background in design of machine components and use of 3D modeling tools; Knowledge of programming tools in engineering such as MATLAB, Solid mechanics and structural integrity concepts. Knowledge about software use for green transition and circular economy focused product develop and design optimization, statistical analysis, life cycle assessment, and operational research techniques.


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Project assignment and oral exam 1/1 Passed / Not Passed

The oral exam can be conducted in a form of presentation.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Hirpa Gelgele Lemu

Course teacher:

Dimitrios Pavlou

Head of Department:

Mona Wetrhus Minde

Method of work

The course is conducted as self-study with student presentations, colloquia, seminars, project work and computer-based modeling and simulation exercises. Project report is submitted in a scientific article format and graded. This project report will have a quality of at least an international conference level and commonly presented in conferences and published.

Open for

The course is open for students registered for PhD study.

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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