86459 - Powertrain Design and Manufacturing

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

The aims of the course are to provide the knowledge, the methods and the tools useful for the correct design and verification of the mechanical powertrain components, such as, the gear transmissions, the belt transmissions, the power connection elements and their materials. At the end of the course the students will be able, for example, to select the most appropriate type of mechanical connections or transmission system

Course contents

Introduction to product design: design set up, design develop and design manage.

The design phases and their best organization

The scheduling of the design phases:

The simultaneous and concurrent design: time costs and quality of the product design

The QFD (Quality Function Deployment) method

Introduction to mechanical design: design set up, design develop and design manage.

Belt connections.

The rotating disk theory.

The shaft hub couplings: drive fit, taper fit, tongue fit and spline hole/shaft.

Gears connections and design.

Fundamentals of the reliability of mechanical components.


Pahl G., Beitz W., Feldhusen J., Grote K.-H., [http://www.springer.com/it/book/9781846283185] - A Systematic Approach, 2007, Springer, ISBN 978-1-4471-6025-0

Ullman G.D.

“The Mechanical Design Process”

Mc Graw-Hill, 1992.

Robert C. Juvinall - Kurt M. Marshek “Machine Component Design”, 5th Edition Wiley

Shigley's Mechanical Engineering Design (McGraw-Hill Series in Mechanical Engineering)

Teaching methods

The course includes theoretical and practical lectures given with the aid of multimedia systems. The didactic material will be uploaded at the end of the course on the platform “DOLLY”(http://dolly.ingmo.unimore.it/2017/)

Assessment methods

The exam consists in a written and in an oral test. The written part consists in the solution of three exercises in which, both the conceptual and the numerical results, will be evaluated. The oral part consists in a discussion about the written part and about the theoretical arguments dealt during the lectures.

Teaching tools

The student acquires basic and advanced knowledge on the design and sizing of machine parts and their components dedicated to powertrain transmission

Links to further information


Office hours

See the website of Dario Croccolo

See the website of Nicolò Vincenzi