Engineering Design of Mechanical Systems


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 and Procedures

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 Mechanical Engineering and Physics
DepartmentDepartment of Materials and Production
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science