Processes and mechanisation

Subject description

Processes in nature. Copying processes into functions. Division of processes into sub-processes and systems' sub-functions. Technical systems and their structure. Conceiving technical systems and sub-systems. Execution of mechanical, electrical, heat and optical systems. Combining various systems into an assembly, mechanical equipment. Examples of assemblies and their analysis. Modelling various assemblies of mechanical equipment for specific purposes and areas. Presentation of concept calculations. Extraction of transport sub-systems. Transport of solid parts, liquids and gases. Transport profiles. Transport logistics. Defining tools for process execution. Systems concept of the energy source. Modelling energy changes throughout the entire process, from source to direct consumption.

Seminar work: Mechanical equipment concept for a selected process. Modelling a technical system. Conceiving a mechanical system from the energy source, energy changes with a view to the required shape of the mechanical part and defining the tool. Defining parameters of all functions and their relations that enable the application of control. Analysis of parameter intervals on entry into a mechanical assembly. Defining a suitable interval of input parameters for conceiving modularity by functions. Conceiving modularity by geometry.

The subject is taught in programs

Objectives and competences

The main objective of the course is to acquire key knowledge of technical processes and their application by means of technical systems. The main emphasis is on the requirements of sustainable development: designing with the use of low-impact materials, using sub-systems with low energy consumption and highly efficient energy conversions.

Teaching and learning methods

In the event of fewer than 5 students, the course will be conducted in the form of consultations and with the use of the provided literature.

The regular course will include lectures and exercises for the preparation of seminar work.

Expected study results

After the course, students will be competent for individual and multidisciplinary team work in the areas of design or selection and analysis of suitable technical processes. On their basis, they will be capable of designing suitable technical systems, while simultaneously taking account of the requirements of sustainable development. On the basis of modular building, they are trained to design product families that carry out the selected processes.

Basic sources and literature

  • Stjepandić, Josip (ur.), WOGNUM, Nel (ur.), VERHAGEN, Wim J. C. (ur.). Concurrent engineering in the 21st century : foundations, developments and challenges. Cham [etc.]: Springer. 2015.
  • Wimmer W., Lee K. M., Quella F., Polak J., Ecodesign, The competitive advantage, Springer, 2010.
  • Ulrich K. T., Eppinger S. D., Product design and development, McGreaw-Hill Education, New York, 2016.
  • Hubka, V., Eder, W.E., 1988. Theory of Technical Systems: A Total Concept Theory for Engineering Design, Berlin Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag.
  • Otto, K. N., Wood, K. L. Product design : techniques in reverse engineering and new product development, Upper Saddle River : Prentice Hall, 2001
  • Vezzoli, C., Manzini, E. Design for environmental sustainability, London : Springer, 2008
  • Srivastava, A. K. Engineering principles of agricultural
  • Machines, 2nd ed., St. Jospeh : American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, 2006
  • Hoffmann, K, Krenn, E., Stanker,G. Fördertechnik. #Band #1, Bauelemente, ihre Konstruktion und Berechnung, 7. Aufl., Wien, München : R. Oldenbourg, 2005
  • Hoffmann, K, Krenn, E., Stanker,G. Fördertechnik. #Band #2, Maschinensätze, Fördermittel, Tragkonstruktionen, Logistik, 5. Aufl., Wien, München: Oldenbourg, 2004

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