34313 - Machine Design

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  • Teacher Piero Morelli

  • Credits 9

  • SSD ING-IND/14

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (cod. 8887)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale

  • Course Timetable from Feb 22, 2022 to Jun 08, 2022


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 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

Fundamentals in solid mechanics, structural anaylsis and related normative references. Stress and strain analysis and mechanical behaviour of materials due to static, fatigue and thermal loading. Basic design practices of shells and plates.

Course contents

Part 1 (solid mechanics): quasi-static tensile test, stress and strain tensor, mechanical behavior of materials and Hooke's law, elastic strain energy density, thermal effect. Transformation of the stress tensor, principal stress components and representation of the stress state in Mohr's plan. Strength criteria. Indefinite equations of equilibrium, compatibility and constitutive relationships. Existence and uniqueness of the solution.
Part 2 (pressure vessels): dimensioning, strength verification and strain calculation of thick cylindrical and spherical reactors. Design and verification of cylindrical and conical shells, spherical, torispherical and ellipsoidal dished ends.
Part 3 (static analysis of beam systems): structural analysis of frames and trusses labile, iso- and hyper-static. Analysis of the loads and constraints, modelling of the balanced load pattern in the free body, diagrams of the internal actions. Geometric properties of plane sections (area, static moments and moments of inertia, inertia tensor, principal inertia and representation in the Mohr's plane). Stress and strain analysis of axial force, torsion, bending and shear. Study of the elastic line of beams in bending, elastic influence coefficients. Buckling of compressed beams.
Part4 (machine elements): stress field due to Hertzian contact, bearings, spur gears.
Part5 (connections): bolted and welded joints.
Part6 (fatigue design): geometric concentration of stresses, fatigue and fracture mechanics, creep, residual stresses, welding.

Part7 (normative): introduction to the Unfired Pressure Vessel design code EN13445.


Course handbook: "Costruzione di Macchine" (Università di Bologna, Laurea in Ingegneria Chimica e Biochimica). McGraw-Hill Education Create. 2019. ISBN:978-13-074-3486-3

Handouts and educational integrative materials are available on-line (download link published on the course IOL)


Teaching methods


Assessment methods

Written examination

Teaching tools

Lecture notes and application examples from the E_CAE experimentation program available on-line.

Use of the symbolic algebraic calculation software WxMaxima.

Office hours

See the website of Piero Morelli