31418 - Mechanical Systems T

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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 Responsible consumption and production

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student knows theoretical principles, functional schemes, methodologies for choice of components, design methods, optimization criteria both on technical and economic point of view, standards and rules regarding the mechanical plants which are auxiliary systems present in the production systems in order to make available the necessary services for the correct development of production processes.

Course contents

Requirements/Prior knowledge

No prior knowledge and understanding are required to attend with profit this course.

Fluent spoken and written Italian is a necessary pre-requisite: all lectures and tutorials, and all study material will be in Italian.

Part of Mechanical Plants (prof. Emilio Ferrari)

Mechanical plants characterization. Technical-economical optimization methods. Total 5 hours

Combined plants for production of heat and electric power. Total 5 hours  (2 for exercises)

Industrial steam production and distribution: steam generator operation, steam distribution networks, recovery and drain systems. Total 6 hours (3 for exercises)

Multi-stage concentration plants for obtaining concentrated products of food industry. Concentration plants based on heat-pump principle. Total 5 hours (2 for exercises)

Thermal plants using hot water for heat power necessities of industrial processes: functional schemes, pressurization methods, design criteria. Total 5 hours

Thermal plants using hot air for drying processes of solid substances. Total 6 hours (2 for exercises)

Plants for supply and distribution of industrial water. Pressurized and un-pressurized water storage tanks, water pressurization systems. Piping networks item: classification and selection of pipes, valves and coupling. Regulation, intercept and check valve operation. Open and close water network design. Total 7 hours (2 for exercises)

Fire safety engineering. Hydrant and sprinkler plants design criteria.  Automatic suppression fire plants (water, foam and gas extinguishers), portable equipments. Water mist fire plants.  Fire alarm systems, fire alarm monitoring, smoke, heat & carbon monoxide detectors. Evacuation model simulation. Fire dynamic simulation. Total 4 hours

Air conditioning plants for industrial and civil applications. Total 5 hours (2 for exercises)

Refrigerating plants for industrial and civil applications. Estimate of cool load, isolant materials, refrigerating fluids. Refrigerating plants with one-stage ore two-stage compression. Total 6 hours (2 for exercises)

Plants for production and distribution of compressed air : compressor system design, condensate drain systems, air network distribution. Total 5 hours (2 for exercises)


Reference text: "IMPIANTI MECCANICI per l'industria" prof. Arrigo Pareschi, Progetto Leonardo - Editrice Esculapio, Bologna, dicembre 2009

Exercise test: "Esercizi e Progetti di Impianti Meccanici" prof. Arrigo Pareschi, Società Editrice Esculapio, settembre 2015 - 232 pagine

Second reference text: PARESCHI A., FERRARI E., PERSONA A., REGATTIERI A., Logistica integrata e flessibile , Progetto Leonardo Esculapio Bologna, 2° Edizione, 2011.

Other recommended readings:






PARESCHI A. , Impianti industriali, Collana Progetto Leonardo, Ed. Esculapio, Bologna, 2007

MANZINI R., REGATTIERI A., Manutenzione dei Sistemi di Produzione, Progetto Leonardo, Ed. Esculapio, Bologna, 2007 II edizione.

MANZINI R., REGATTIERI A., PHAM H., FERRARI E., 2009, Maintenance for industrial systems, Springer Londra.

Vollmann T.E., Berry W.L., Whybark D.C., Jacobs F.R., Manufacturing Planning & Control Systems for Supply Chain Management, McGraw-Hill 2005.

J.M.A.TANCHOCO, Material Flow Systems in Manufacturing, Chapman & Hall, 1994

J.A. Tomp kins, J.A. White, E. H. Frazelle, J.M.A. Tanchoco, J.Trevino , Facilities Planning, John Wiley & Sons, INC. 1996.

 Allegri T.H., Material Handling. Principles and practice, Krieger Publishing Company, Florida 1992.

R.L. FRANCIS, L.F. McGinnis, J.A. WHITE, Facility lay-out and location: an analytical approach, 2nd Edition Prentice-Hall Inc., Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, 1992.

F. TURCO, Principi generali di progettazione degli impianti industriali, C.L.U.P., Milano, 1990.

S. HERAGU, “Facilities Design”, Ed. PWS, Boston, 1997

A. BRANDOLESE, Studio del mercato e del prodotto, C.L.U.P., Milano, 1977.

D. DEL MAR, Operations and industrial management, McGraw-Hill, 1985.

A. BRANDOLESE, M. GARETTI, Processi produttivi. Criteri tecnici di scelta e progettazione, C.L.U.P., Milano, 1982.

R.J. TERSINE, Production/operations management, North Holland, New York, 1985.

LAMBERT D, STOCK J., Strategic Logistics Management, McGraw-Hill, 2001

LOUIS R., ”Integrating Kanban With Mrp II: Automating a Pull System for Enhanced Jit Inventory Management Productivity Press, Portland, 2001.

BOARIO M., DE MARTINI M., DI MEO E., GROS-PIETRO G.M., Manuale di Logistica, UTET, Torino, 1992, Voll. 1-2-3.

GRANDO A., Logistica e produzione, UTET, Milano, 1996.

CARON F., MARCHET G., WEGNER R., Impianti di movimentazione e stoccaggio dei materiali: criteri di progettazione, Hoepli, 1997.

BRANDOLESE A., POZZETTI A., SIANESI A., “Gestione della produzione industriale”, Hoepli, Milano, 1991.

MORTIMER J., Logistics in manufacturing, Ed. IFS Ltd, UK/Springer Verlag, 1988.

FERROZZI C., SHAPIRO R.D., HESKETT J.L., Logistica e strategia, 1-2, ISEDI, 1993, Torino.

BOWERSOX D.J., Logistica, strategia e integrazione in azienda, Tecniche Nuove,1989, Milano.

HOLLIER R.H., Automated guided vehicle systems, IFS Ltd., Bedford (UK), 1987.

HALL R., Obiettivo: scorte zero, Ed. ISEDI, Milano 1986.

MONDEN Y., Produzione Just-in-time, Ed. ISEDI, Milano, 1986.

Teaching methods

Theoretical lessons are completed by a series of exercises and applications to allow the student to be familiar with the common designpractices

Assessment methods

Achievement will be assessed by the means of a final exam. This is based on an analytical assessment of the “expected learning outcomes” described above.

In order to properly assess such achievement the examination is based on a written test, lasting up to three hours including the theoretical and practical development of three arguments , two of which theoretical issues and a numeric - themed application.

The rating is assigned based on the overall assessment of the whole test.

Higher grades will be awarded to students who demonstrate an organic understanding of the subject, a high ability for critical application, and a clear and concise presentation of the contents, with particular attention to the use and the comprehension of technical terms, graph, diagrams related to the service plants and the safety on work.

To obtain a passing grade, students are required to at least demonstrate a knowledge of the key concepts of the subject, some ability for critical application, and a comprehensible use of technical language.

A failing grade will be awarded if student shows knowledge gaps in key-concepts of the subject, inappropriate use of language and logic failures in the analysis of the subject. Then the exam result not sufficient if at least one question is not sufficient.

Teaching tools

Reference text:   "IMPIANTI MECCANICI per l'industria" prof. Arrigo Pareschi, Progetto Leonardo - Editrice Esculapio, Bologna, Dicembre 2009

Exercise text: "Esercizi e Progetti di Impianti Meccanici" prof. Arrigo Pareschi, Società Editrice Esculapio, settembre 2015 - 232 pagine

Numerical examples, case studies and learning objects written by teacher and available on AMS Campus or Universibo portal

Office hours

See the website of Emilio Ferrari