Course detail

Machine Design and Machine Elements

FSI-CKPAcad. year: 2017/2018

Design of machine parts, drives, and mechanisms with the aim to ensure a reliable function and good operating parameters. Calculations for functionality verification in terms of limit states.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Design of machine parts and mechanisms, computational verification of designed machine parts, drives and mechanisms and evaluation of their reliability for the desired technical life.


It is assumed the students knowledge of design fundamentals, material science and solid mechanics from their previous study at FME BUT.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Shigley, J. E.; Mischke, Ch. R.; Budynas, R. G. Konstruování strojních součástí. Vyd. 1. Brno : Vysoké učení technické v Brně, nakladatelství VUTIUM, 2010. 1300 s. ISBN 978-80-214-2629-0 (CS)
Budynas, R.G., Nisbett, J.K.: Shigley's Mechanical Engineering Design. New York, The McGraw-Hill Companies, 12th edition, 2020, ISBN: 978-1-260-56999-5
Norton, R.L.: Machine Design: An Integrated Approach (3rd Edition), Prentice Hall, ISBN-13: 978-0131481909

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Exercises are focused on practical topics presented in lectures.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Final written test consists of 10 theoretical question (5 points per question) and 5 practical examples (10 points per example). Minimal number of points required for successful completion is 50 and maximal number of points is 100. Resulting classification is made according ECTS.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course is to learn students how to construct machine parts, drives and mechanisms.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Participation in lectures is recommended, attendance at seminars is compulsory - two absences are allowed. The lectures are based on the textbook Mechanical Engineering Design. This book is an essential source of information for the final test. The scaled preview of the lecture presentations will be available in on-line Moodle system.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B3A-P Bachelor's

    branch B-PDS , 3. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory
    branch B-MAI , 3. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory
    branch B-FIN , 3. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory-optional

  • Programme B3S-P Bachelor's

    branch B-AIŘ , 3. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction to the mechanical engineering design. Failures caused by static loading (ductile fracture).
2. Fatigue failure resulting from variable loading (fatigue fracture).
3. Shafts and axles. Joint for torque transmission.
4. Contact of solids. Friction, lubrication and wear.
5. Bolted and riveted joints.
6. Welded and bonded joints.
7. Mechanical springs.
8. Rolling and journal bearings.
9. Introduction to gears. Spur gears, bevel gears and worm gears.
10. Belt, chain and rope drives.
11. Shaft couplings, clutches and brakes. Flywheels.
12. Mechanisms and drivelines.
13. Summary of the subject.

Computer-assisted exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1.-13. Individual topics presented at lectures will be practiced at seminars.