2023 Fundamentals in Mechanical Design of Machinery

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Undergraduate major in Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering
Takeda Yukio 
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Course description and aims

Basic knowledge for structural, kinematic and static analysis and synthesis of mechanical systems and selection of machine elements are introduced. These are mandatory in the fundamental design of mechanical systems.

Student learning outcomes

By completing this course, student will attain the following fundamental abilities to:
(1) Analyze basic kinematic structures of mechanical systems
(2) Analyze kinematic and static relationship between input and output of basic mechanical systems
(3) Know structures of basic motion and power transmissions and their basic design methods
(4) Know how to use basic machine elements in mechanical design
(5) Select appropriate machine elements based on the strength


Machine Design, Kinemaics of Machinery, Machine Elements, Statics, Strength, Linkage, Gear Mechanism, Cam Mechanism, Shaft, Thread

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Students are required to prepare for a class using the textbook and supplementary tests. Each class is composed of fundamental explanations by means of graphical and analytical approaches and practice.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction of Machine Design Composition of machines and overall flow of machine design is learned. The role of kinematics/statics of machinery and design of machine elements in it are also learned.
Class 2 Composition of Machines Kinematic structures and characteristics of machines are learned through introducing mechanisms. Types and characteristics of machine elements are learned.
Class 3 Kinematic and Static Analysis of Mechanisms Basic idea and methods of kinematic and static analysis of mechanisms are learned.
Class 4 Kinematic and Static Analysis, and Design of Cam Mechanisms Basic idea and methods of kinematic design of planar cam mechanisms are learned.
Class 5 Basics of Gear Mechanisms and Gear Trains Basic idea of the tooth profile of gear mechanisms, and structure and calculation of gear ratio of reduction gear trains are learned.
Class 6 Design of shafts based on the mechanical strength Basic idea on the strength of materials used in machines and its application to mechanical design are learned. Cases of usage of shafts in machines and basic idea used in dimensional design of shafts based on strength criteria are also learned.
Class 7 Design of threaded fasteners Types and features of fasteners are learned. Basic idea and methods for selecting and designing threaded fasteners are learned.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Kinematics of Machinery, JSME Text Series
Design of Machine Elements, JSME text series

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Supplementary texts will be provided.

Assessment criteria and methods

Learning achievement is evaluated by practices/home work(50%) and the final examination(50%).
If the final examination can not be done, learning achievement will be evaluated by practices/home work.

Related courses

  • LAS.P101 : Fundamentals of Mechanics 1
  • LAS.P102 : Fundamentals of Mechanics 2
  • TSE.A202 : Solid Mechanics and Structure Engineering
  • TSE.A301 : Rigid body dynamics

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)


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