Mechanical systems in wood industry

Subject description

The student learns:

  • Fundamentals in the field of loading of machine parts, stress state of machine parts, strength of engineering materials (static, dynamic), surface roughness, tribology and damage.
  • Selected machine elements for inseparable connections (welded, soldered and glued), separable connections ( screw joints, bolts, shaft and hub connections), elastic elements (springs), rotating transmission elements (axles and shafts, seals, bearings, clutches ).
  • Mechanical drives (belt drives, chain drives and gear drives)
  • Fundamentals of engineering computer simulations (fundamentals of the finite element method, boundary conditions, application cases)
  • Importance and maintenance of machines and equipment
  • Basics of automation, measurement systems (measurement of mechanical quantities, measurement of time and frequencies, measurement of temperature, measurement of wood moisture), decision systems (control, regulation), executive systems; basics of robotics)
  • Pneumatic and hydraulic systems (basics, components)
  • Woodworking machines (basics in the field of machine design, types of woodworking machines, drives of woodworking machines, general characteristics of wood cutting machines).

The subject is taught in programs

Objectives and competences

To acquire a basic knowledge of the theory, application, selection and analysis of basic machine elements, woodworking machinery and other major equipment used in woodworking. The student will develop the ability to work independently, to think critically, to communicate, and to plan technical work.


The acquired knowledge enables the independent creative solution of basic engineering problems in the field of mechanical systems and the treatment of machine elements, machines and equipment used in wood processing.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures (10 h),
Seminar (20 h),
Others (10 h).

Expected study results

Knowledge and understanding:

Knowledge of basic machine elements, understanding of their operation and usability, and procedures for their assembly, disassembly, and maintenance. Knowledge of the characteristics and operation of woodworking machinery and other equipment used in woodworking. Understanding and ability to use computer simulations for simple strength analysis of basic machine elements.

Basic sources and literature

Ren Z., Glodež S.: Strojni elementi I.del, 2016
Ren Z., Glodež S.: Strojni elementi: Uvod v gonila, torna, jermenska in verižna gonila, 2015
Medič M.: Lesarsko strojništvo, 2001
B. Zupančič: Avtomatsko vodenje sistemov, 2014
A. Belič: Gradniki in tehnologije v sistemih vodenja, 2012
G. Mušič: Avtomatika, 2014
Ren Z., Ulbin M. in Vesenjak M.: Inženirske računalniške simulacije v konstrukterstvu, 2018

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