Course detail

Mechanical Design Project

FSI-ZIPAcad. year: 2023/2024

The course is focused on team realization of design task based on scientific research activities of departments of the institute, eventually on cooperation with industry. Design projects contain more demanding design problems, for which students must be able to apply previously acquired knowledge, methods and procedures. Each team has individual assignments and solves one assigned project. Each project is led by a teacher who provides professional guidance, checks the progress, analyses errors, and consults possible solutions. The output of the solved project is always a system concept that meets the requirements for functionality, usability and manufacturability. According to the requirements of the assignment, the optional output can be physical realization including experimental verification. Emphasis is placed on synthetic thinking and its own contribution to solving a design task. Course integrates the knowledge acquired in theoretical courses bachelor and master degree mechanical engineering, especially in materials science, mechanics and CAD modelling.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

- knowledge of machine design, solid mechanics and material science, finite element methods, 3D parametric modeling.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Conditions for obtaining credit:
- active participation in exercises,
- submission of a complete project in digital form (CAD data, technical report, drawing documentation, presentation in pptx) and in printed form (technical report, drawing documentation).
Examination conditions:
- successful defence of the project before the committee (it takes place in a team and is a prerequisite for passing the second part of the exam),
- Successful completion of an individual discussion in front of the committee (the key to success is sharing knowledge about the project solution among all team members), the overall grade is based on the assessment in both parts of the exam. In total, up to 100 points can be earned, the resulting classification is determined by the ECTS scale.

Exercises and laboratories: attendance is compulsory and controlled by the teacher, maximum two absences are allowed without compensation. The absence of follow-up meetings must be clearly justified. In the case of long-term absence, compensation of missed lessons is on the competence of the course guarantor.


Graduates will be able to design a mechanical or electromechanical system (machine, equipment, apparatus) that meets the requirements for functionality, usability and manufacturability.
- Knowledge of CAD / CAE methods and tools, advanced engineering analysis tools using FEM.
- Ability to apply the acquired knowledge in the design of new machines and equipment.
- Ability to solve complex problems involving the use of advanced analytical, numerical or experimental tools in mechanical system design.
- Ability to prepare drawings with regard to system functionality, usability and manufacturability with respect to production costs and required deadlines.
- Ability to work in a team to design new solutions in a given technical field.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

CHILDS, P. R. N. Mechanical design engineering handbook. Amsterdam: Butterworth-Heinemann, 2014. ISBN 978-0-08-097759-1. Dostupná z: (EN)

Recommended reading

KUTZ, M. Mechanical engineers handbook: materials and mechanical design. Fourth edition. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley, 2014. ISBN 978-1-118-11282-3. (EN)

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme N-KSI-P Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, compulsory

Type of course unit


Laboratory exercise

36 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Depending on the requirements and objectives of a projects, the student usually carries out development or creative work in one of the following laboratories:
- Tribology.
- Reverse engineering and additive technologies.
- Technical diagnostics.

Computer-assisted exercise

120 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Seminars in computer labs are realized in a block form with a progressive volume of learning from the beginning to the end of the semester.
- Presentation of project assignments, division of competencies, project map, Gantt chart.
- Problem analysis, technical review.
- Proposal of conceptual variants of solutions, analysis of variants.
- First review meeting with presentation of results.
- Calculation of project costs.
- Engineering analysis and material design.
- Drawing documentation.
- Second review meeting with presentation of results.
- Design of manufacturing method.
- Implementation of the chosen solution and experimental verification.