Course code MašZ5023

Credit points 3

Machine Design

Total Hours in Course81

Number of hours for lectures18

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes6

Independent study hours57

Date of course confirmation19.10.2011

Responsible UnitInstitute of Mechanics and Design

Course developer

author Mehānikas un dizaina institūts

Ēriks Kronbergs

Dr. sc. ing.

Prior knowledge

MašZ5022, Principles of Methodology of Design

Course abstract

The aim of the study course is to develop an understanding of different design aspects, methods and recommendations. Students are acquiring relationship of design tasks and economical basement with utility, reliability and safety of machines. Unification methods are studied with aim to reduce the nomenclature of production objects. Study course introduces with the application of experience and investigation of working circumstances to selection of design solution. Study course introduces with the main design methods, application of inversion method and production of total composition.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge - understands the interplay between different aspects of the design process and the application of recommendations with the usefulness, durability and operational reliability of the constructions. Knows the main design methods and techniques - Test 1.
Skills - is able to make the necessary calculations and apply methods for determination of constructive parameters and choice of variants - Test 2.

Competence - ability to use the acquired professional knowledge and skills in practical work and studies in engineering problems - homework.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Machine design tasks. Lecture 1h.
2. Utility and durability of machines. Lecture 2h.
3. Operational safety, safety improvement. Lecture 1h.
4. Unification methods, internal and external unification. Lecture 2h.
5. Reduction of the nomenclature of production facilities. Lecture 2h.
6. General design recommendations - Test 1. Pract. 4h.
7. Provision of mutual exchange. Lecture 2h.
8. Providing rigid construction with rigidity. Lecture 2h.
9. Corrosion protection. Lecture 2h.
10. Ensuring the technologicality of parts. Lecture 2h.
11. Safety of personnel. Lecture 2h.
12. Exploring the use of machines. Lecture 1h.
13. Choice of constructive variants. Lecture 2h.
14. Increasing resistance in cyclic loads - Test 2. Pract. 4h.
15. Assembling formation. Lecture 2h.

16. Construction process innovation. Lecture 1h.

Requirements for awarding credit points

Test with a mark.
A test with a mark is obtained by a student who has been successfully evaluated tests, developed and defended home work.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

1. Preparation for 1st and 2nd Test - 30 h.

2. Homework: Preparation of the paper and presentation - 30 h.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The test evaluation includes cumulative assessment of the tests and defended home work.

Compulsory reading

1. Norton, Robert L. Machine design: an integrated approach. Boston: Prentice Hall, 2014. 1060 p.

2. Cleghorn, W. L. Mechanics of machines. New York : Oxford University Press, 2014. 619 p.

Further reading

Stanišić, Michael M. Mechanisms and machines: kinematics, dynamics, and synthesis. Mason, OH: Cengage Learning, 2015. 407 p.

Periodicals and other sources

Machine design [tiešsaiste] [skatīts 2018. gada 27. 12.]. Pieejams:


The course is included in the academic Master's Studies programme in the Agricultural Engineering for sub-program Machine Design and Production at Faculty of Engineering. 1st study year 2nd semester.