Engineering Design of Mechanical Systems


Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module adds to the knowledge obtained in 1st Semester.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Have gained knowledge and understanding of advanced engineering design of mechanical systems and structures.
  • Be able to understand and apply advanced analysis tools for evaluating the performance of advanced mechanical systems and structures.


  • Be able to apply advanced engineering design on mechanical systems and structures.
  • Be able to use advanced materials for structural design.
  • Be able to understand and apply advanced analysis tools for evaluating the performance of advanced mechanical systems and structures.
  • Be able to apply synthesis and analysis in the design process, and demonstrate their interdependence.
  • Be able to apply systematic rational design methods.


  • Be able to design solutions for a load carrying mechanical system or structure, with an industrial partner or with industrial relevance.
  • Be able to consider a problem of sufficient complexity to encompass the use of advanced analytical, numerical or experimental analysis tools for predicting the performance of the mechanical system or structure during operation.
  • Be able to analyse challenging designs from a structural point of view, where lightweight design, use of advanced materials like composite materials, design problems involving fatigue, and mechanical systems with complicated dynamic behaviour during operation may be considered.
  • Be able to document a final design with respect to performance using virtual prototypes or analytical models, and include manufacturing considerations.

Type of instruction

The module is carried out as group-based problem-oriented project work. The group work is carried out as an independent work process in which the students themselves organize and coordinate their workload in collaboration with a supervisor. The project is carried out in groups with normally no more than 6 members.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 15 ECTS course module the expected workload is 450 hours for the student.



Name of examEngineering Design of Mechanical Systems
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies

Facts about the module

Danish titleKonstruktion af mekaniske systemer
Module codeM-DMS-K2-1
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Industry and Global Business Development
DepartmentDepartment of Materials and Production
FacultyFaculty of Engineering and Science