28561 - Laboratory of Automatic Machines

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Automation Engineering (cod. 9217)

    Also valid for First cycle degree programme (L) in Automation Engineering (cod. 9217)

Learning outcomes

The course aims to provide the principal methodologies and tools to approach the design and planning of functional parts and auxiliary systems of automatic machines. At the end of the course the student -can design components for automatic machines -can design and select components of automatic machines

Course contents

The course is organized in three sections:

1. Functional analysis of mechanical systems and components used in Automatic Machines

2. Design synthesis design of mechanical systems used in Automatic Machines

3. Design of mechanical components used in automatic machines using


1. Lectures notes

2. Luigi Biagiotti · Claudio Melchiorri, Trajectory Planning for Automatic Machines and Robots, Springer-Verlag, 2008

3. Geoffrey Boothroyd, Peter Dewhurst, Winston A. Knight, Product Design for Manufacture and Assembly, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2011

4. Geoffrey Boothroyd, Assembly Automation and Product Design, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2005

5. Robert C. Juvinall, Kurt M. Marshek, Fundamentals of Machine Component Design, John Wiley & Sons, 2012

6. Richard G. Budynas, J. Keith Nisbett, Shigley’s

Mechanical Engineering Design, McGraw-Hill, 2011

Teaching methods

Classroom teaching with the use of slides and audiovisual.

The course is developed both by providing theoretical analysis tools and by performing and assigning theoretical and applicative exercises related to constructive aspects of Automatic Machines components and related to actuation systems.

Assessment methods

The examination will take place through an oral interview with the teacher. During the oral exams the student will have to demonstrate the knowledge of the concepts exposed during the course and will have to discuss the exercises of the exercise book. In addition, the teacher will ask the student transversal and reasoning questions related to the topics and exercises covered in class. Typically, 4 questions will be asked during the oral examination. In order to pass the exam, the student must answer at least 3 of the 4 questions correctly and thoroughly.

Teaching tools

PowerPoint presentations and audiovisual.

Office hours

See the website of Tommaso Maria Brugo


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