Course detail

Machine Design and Machine Elements

FSI-CKPAcad. year: 2020/2021

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.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

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.
Successful completion of Strength of Materials I (4PP) course is required.


Not applicable.

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

The classification is based on two written tests at predetermined dates, usually in the middle and end of the semester. The control test consists of five theoretical questions (four points each) and three calculation examples (ten points each). The condition for obtaining the credit is to obtain at least 50 points from both tests. The maximum total score is 100. The resulting score corresponds to the ECTS classification. The student is allowed to write a correction test in the date specified by the teacher, usually in the exam period.

Course curriculum

Not applicable.

Work placements

Not applicable.


Graduates will be able to analyse and address basic problems related to the design and control of 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.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

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)

Recommended reading

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


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B3A-P Bachelor's

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

  • Programme B3S-P Bachelor's

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

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


- Introduction to the mechanical engineering design.
- Failures caused by static loading (ductile fracture).
- Fatigue failure resulting from variable loading (fatigue fracture).
- Shafts and axles. Joint for torque transmission.
- Contact of solids. Friction, lubrication and wear.
- Bolted and riveted joints.
- Welded and bonded joints.
- Mechanical springs.
- Rolling and journal bearings.
- Introduction to transmissions.
- Spur gears, bevel gears and worm gears.
- Belt, chain and rope drives.
- Shaft couplings, clutches and brakes. Flywheels.
- Mechanisms and drivelines.

Computer-assisted exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Individual topics presented at lectures will be practiced at seminars.