Risorse bibliografiche
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoria
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativa
Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2021/2022
Scuola Scuola di Ingegneria Industriale e dell'Informazione
Docente Guagliano Mario
Cfu 10.00 Tipo insegnamento Monodisciplinare
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Obiettivi dell'insegnamento

The course is aimed to develop the student's design critical skills and synthesis ability  by introducing and discussing the innovative methodologies for mechanical design and their application, by means of the modern engineering design tools.

Risultati di apprendimento attesi

By the end of the course, students will learn contents and practices according to what defined in the leaning objectives: to demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding within the main fields of study, describing and discussing complex problems, estimating and interpreting the results obtained by implementing different methodologies, appropriate for solving complex problems for advanced mechanical design, both systematically and with creative skills.

In terms of acquired knowledge and understanding, students will be able to critically, independently and creatively examine and solve advanced and original mechanical design problems with multidisciplinary aspects and considering the present issues related to the circular economy and sustainability.  

Concerning the ability to apply the acquired knowledge and understanding, students, thorugh the development of the project, will be able to acquire the skills to formulate a judgement, meaning to to synthesize and integrate advanced mechanical design knowledge. Students will develop also ability to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgments and assessment even on the basis of incomplete or restricted information.

Communication skills: through the assigned project and practices, students  communicate and explain their achievements, conclusions and recommendations with the argumentation of the knowledge and rationale underpinning these, to both specialist and non-specialist audiences clearly and unambiguously convincing them of the correctness of their final solution.

Learning skills: by applying the methodological skills gained in the course, students will be able to improve their skills by combining multidisciplinary aspects of mechanical design and by formulating new solutions to practical problems, explaining and convincing about the goodness of their achievements.

Argomenti trattati

The course contents are delivered through lectures, practical exercises and project laboratory.


The course is divided in two parts: in the first one the concepts and the problems that characterize engineering design methods, techniques and strategies are critically developed.

In the second part these aspects are used to solve engineering design practical problems in some important industrial sector, such as pressure vessels. During the practice time time the theoretical topics are applied to specific cases.

An Engineering Design Lab is also scheduled, where the student teams develop a complete case, from the concept to the engineering design of details.

Seminars by well-known engineers from industrial companies are also scheduled during the course.


The course covers the following topics divided in modules as per the description below: 

1.     Introduction to Engineering Design 

2.     Engineering Design Theory: mechanical system, life cycle, feasibility analysis. The role of codes and standards in Engineering Design: Design by Rules and Design by Analysis. 

3.     Design methodologies: DfX, Design for Assembly and Manufacturing (DfMA), Design for Environment, Design for Disassembly. 

4.     Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and its industrial implementation.

5.     Design by Rules and Design by Analysis: the cases of pressure vessel design and fatigue design of Welded joints

6.     Design for Reliability, basic concepts. Risk Analysis: Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA), Failure Mode, Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMEA), Fault Tree Analysis (FTA)

7.     Design optimization: Topological optimization, Multi-objective optimization.

8.     Introduction to Robust Design: Design of Experiments (Taguchi approach)


During practice time students will be asked to solve problems and exercises about the subjects of the course.

Project Lab

Students will be asked to form groups to develop the design of a mechanical system (in co-operation with the course METHODS AND TOOLS FOR SYSTEMATIC INNOVATION I.C., Prof. Gaetano Cascini).



The course assumes that the students have already got the basic knowledge and skills of Machine Design II.



Modalità di valutazione

The groups are asked to present the results of the Engineering Design Lab before the exam. This part of the exam is aimed at assessing the results of the project and the communication skills of the groups' members.

The individual exam is formed by a written test (duration 1h) aimed at assessing the global understanding and knowledge of the main aspects of the course and an oral discussion aimed at assessing the critical ability of the students to critically discuss and apply the subjects of course.

The students are not admitted to the oral discussion if the written test is not passed.

 The evaluation is based on the Design Lab, the written test and the oral discussion results.

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaKarl T. Ulrich, Steven D. Eppinger, Product Design and Development, Anno edizione: 2016
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaG. Boothroyd, P. Dewhurst, W. Knight ., Product Design for Manufacturing and Assembly, Editore: Marcel Dekker Inc.
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaA. Ertas, J.C. Jones, The Engineering Design Process, Editore: John Wiley & Sons

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Totale 100:00 150:00

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