Automation, Mechanical Design





Offered by

Mechanical Engineering




ME-MDE1: Basic knowledge of gear systems and hydraulic systems.

Main purpose

Being able to design and dimension an advanced mechanical or hydrostatic drive system and choose the practical useable components.
The students will test theory in practice through some laboratory work, to gain a deeper understanding of science issues.


The students shall gain knowledge in how mechanical and hydrostatic drives are build, work and can be used in machine constructions of mobile equipment.

Students will know about:
* Design and dimension of Hook’s joints.
* Equation system and design of planet or epicyclical gears.
* Control and regulation of mobile hydraulic systems for open and closed hydraulic circuits.
* Complex hydraulic circuits with load sensing, priority and combined linear and rotational actuator systems.


The student will gain skills in

- Selecting machine elements and use these for the purpose of automation tasks.
- Basic setups to produce complex track structures for mechanical machines.
- Analyse of simple PLC program to predict the output. 


The student will understand how analysis of mechanical and hydrostatic drives are to be carried out in order to find a solution. The student will be able to explain the theory behind the calculations for a complex ma-chine system. He/she will collect analysis results and combine these to describe the design for making a complex system. They will be able to communicate their needs to suppliers of machine elements, and be able to find these suppliers through relevant channels. The student will be able to evaluate different possible solutions, to set up the most optimal system in a given situation.



Teaching methods and study activities

There are 36 lessons in total, of which 8 lessons are for assignment supervision. Activities during the course are theory, problem solving and work in classes. Minimum one week is used for supervision in the course examination and repetition. Expected workload for the student is 138 hours. Teaching will balance theory and small exercises.
Student Activity Model:
According to the Study Activity Model, the workload is divided as follows:

Category 1, Initiated by the lecturer with the participation of lecturer and students: 32 hours – 23%

Category 2: Initiated by lecturer with participation of students: 64 hours – 47 %

Category 3: Initiated by students with participation of students: 42 hours – 30 %

Category 4: Initiated by students with the participation of lecturer and students: 0 hours – 0%


• Steven R. Schmid - Fundamentals of Machine Elements
• Andrew Parr, Hydraulics & Pneumatics.
• Notes given in class




Requirements for attending exam

Type of examination:
1 on-line course test in end of the semester.
Exam time: 60 minutes.
No censor
Tests account for 100 % of final grade

Allowed tools:
Personal notes

As ordinary

Grading criteria


Additional information



Bo Leander Gylling

Valid from

01-02-2020 00:00:00

Course type

6. semester
Elective for Mechanical Engineering