Minor Programme

Mechanical Engineering Design and Manufacturing / Linköping Fall

The module makes focus on developing abilities and skills in mechanical design and aspects of manufacture what is important features of the competence in product development. Through the studies of the module “Computer-aided Analysis of Structures”students learn to perform engineering analysis of mechanical structures and get an opportunity to practice by carrying out individual project. Theoretical background in numerical methods, fluid mechanics and heat transfers serve as the basis for engineering system analysis including phenomena of different physical nature. Aspects of manufacturing technology applicable in developing technological path for originally designed parts id touched.

Bachelor studies, specialization studies in mechanical engineering

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Applied Sciences 


August 2020

Background in mathematics, core subjects of engineering (statics, dynamics, mechanics of materials, information technologies), basic sketching techniques including the application of CAD (E.g. AutoCAD or SolidWorks)


To be able to follow courses taught in English. No language test is required.

The Courses

Fall Semester

Fluid Power Systems – 6 ECTS 

Course Code: TMHP02

Energy transmission based on hydraulics and pneumatics. Basic fluid dynamics. Component knowledge with respect to functionality and design of pumps, motors, cylinders, valves, accumulators, filters and line components. Characteristics of fluids. System design for different hydraulic and pneumatic circuits. Calculation methods for components and systems. Basic system principles for control of position, velocity/speed, force/torque and power. Principles for load sensing hydraulic systems and hydrostatic transmissions. Characteristics of proportional- and servo-valves. Automatic sequence control. Measurement transducers in test-stands and control systems

Product Development – 6 ECTS

Course Code: TMKT78

Different types of development processes and organizations , product planning , customer requirements and specifications , concept generation , concept evaluation , prototyping and testing, product architecture, design, environment-driven product development , production, adaptation and patents.

Aircraft and Vehicle Design – 6 ECTS

Course Code: TMAL02

  • ‍Lift and how lift is produced
  • ‍Drag and drag calculations
  • ‍Propulsion: different ways of producing thrust
  • ‍Performance and performance calculations
  • ‍Stability and control
  • ‍Different aircraft configurations and why they look the way they do
  • ‍Basics on aircraft dimensioning

Wood - Realisation – 6 ECTS

Course Code: TMKT81

The course consists of some interconnected parts: Wood products – Material selection, mechanical requirements, joining methods, adhesives and surface treatment. Wood production - machining, sanding, lacquering, bending and mold-forming. Swedish Wood Manufacturing Industry - Orientation, products, exports and imports, its development and importance for Sweden. Why wood? - How does the production methods of wood differ compared to other materials? Theory in the subjects above will also be sought for individually and presented both orally and in seminar reports. Then students will then immerse themselves into a subject that they present to the other students. Some of the lecturers will be performed by experts from industry and other relevant organizations. The course includes a project where the students will manufacture a specific product based on given conditions. The goal for the project is a complete product and to this a report describing the industrial production of the same product. It is of great importance in this course that the student should learn by practice and in addition to this relate to industrial manufacturing and theoretical aspects. 

Introduction to Computational Mechanics – 6 ECTS

Course Code: TMHL63

  • ‍Introduction into the use of computational techniques in applied mechanics
  • ‍Stress analysis of 2-dimensional rod structures/trusses (with the direct stiffness method); applications, basic relations, matrix problem formulation, laboratory work
  • ‍Linear elastic stress analysis of 2- and 3-dimensional solid bodies; applications, basic relations, FE formulation, laboratory work
  • ‍One- and multi-dimensional heat conduction analysis; applications, basic relations, FE formulation, laboratory work
  • ‍Orientation regarding other application fields for FEM such as transient dynamics, structural optimisation, material mechanics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer, including laboratory work
  • Evaluation of results including material-related questions (standing issue in the course)

Vibrations and Fatigue in Mechanical Structures – 6 ECTS

Course Code: TMMI09

On vibrations: Fundamental relationships describing the behaviour of vibrating mechanical systems. Equations of motion for vibrating systems. Influence of mass, stiffness, and damping. Resonances and its consequences for the mechanical system. Vibrations of discrete systems and continuous systems. On fatigue: Fundamental relationships describing the fatigue phenomenon. High-cycle fatigue and low-cycle fatigue. The Wöhler diagram and the Haigh diagram. Safety factors. Damage accumulation, the Palmgren-Miner rule. Load spectra. The Ramberg-Osgood material model. Fatigue life models according to Morrow and Coffin-Manson. Influence of stress concentration.

Industrial Automation – 6 ECTS 

Course Code: TMMI46

The course is meant to be an introductory course on industrial automation. In this context, the course covers the subjects required to integrate sensors and actuators with programmable logic controllers (PLCs) to automate industrial processes. In addition the course also provides a small component of robot programming and, since the automated systems always require human intervention, at some level, the course briefly presents the main challenges and prospects on human-machine-interaction which may be especially demanding in complex automation systems.
The course has a strong practical component whereby the students have the opportunity of getting a hands-on experience on the subjects taught on the theoretical lectures.
After concluding the course the students should be able to:

  • Understand the main functioning principles of the most common industrial sensors and actuators.
  • Understand the main logic-based models that support design of PLC programs
  • Design PLC programs that are able to interpret the information collected from a set of sensors and convert that information into the corresponding actuation.
  • Design PLC programs that can communicate with other programs in other PLCs.
  • Understand the main challenges related with human machine interaction.

How to apply

Contact person – Incoming: Daniel Bladh, Åsa Karlsson,
Simon Tibell

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