31394 - Foundations of Machine Mechanics T-1

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

Affordable and clean energy Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

Students are introduced to the kinematical and dynamical analysis and synthesis of the machines.

Course contents


1.     Machines and mechanisms

2.     Kinematical analysis of planar and spatial mechanisms.

3.     Static and dynamical analysis of planar and spatial mechanisms..

4.     Mechanical vibrations

5.     Machine components and subsystems . Brakes. Clutches. Transmission of rotating motion.  Gears. Rigid and flexible mechanical joints.; Rolling bearings. Shafts: critical speed; balancing techniques.


Main reference:

- M.Callegari, P. Fanghella, F. Pellicano, Meccanica applicata alle macchine, Citta' Studi edizioni, Novara, 2017.

Additional references:

- E. Funaioli, A. Maggiore, U. Meneghetti, Lezioni di Meccanica applicata alle macchine, Parte prima - Fondamenti di Meccanica delle Macchine, Patron, Bologna, 2005;

- N.Belfiore, A. Di Benedetto, E. Pennestri', Fondamenti di meccanica applicata alle macchine, Casa editrice Ambrosiana, Rozzano (Mi), 2011;

- B. Paul, Kinematics and Dynamics of planar machinery, Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, N.J. USA, 1979;

- S. Doughty, Mechanics of Machines, J. Wiley, New York, USA, 1988;

- C. E. Wilson, J. P. Sadler, W. J. Michels, Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery, Harper and Row, New York, USA; IIIed., 1994

- W.T. Thomson, Theory of vibration with applications, Chapman &Hall, London, UK, IV ed., 1993;

- M.L. James, G.M. Smith, J.C. Wolford, P.W. Whaley, Vibration of Mechanical and Structural Systems, Harper & Row, NY, USA, IIed., 1994;

- J.E. Shigley, J.J. Uicker, Jr., Theory of machines and mechanisms, Oxford Univ.Press, NY, 5th Ed.,USA, 2016;

- SKF, I cuscinetti volventi, quaderno SKF 1335, Torino, 1989, freely distributed under license;

- M. Griseri, SKF, Elementi di meccanica delle trasmissioni: calcolo degli sforzi sui sopporti, quaderno SKF 1160I, Torino 1996 freely distributed under license;

Teaching methods

Lectures with blackboard, slides, notebook+overhead projector. pen tablet and pen computer.

Assessment methods

Oral examination: discussion of topics listed in the program. Solution of a numerical application concerning:

- Static and kinematical analysis of machine;

- modeling of the vibration behaviour of sdof and mdof mechanical systems

Teaching tools

Lectures with blackboard,and  slides and notebook+overhead projector.

Office hours

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