Machine Design Process



The "Machine Design Process" course teaches the fundamental principles of documentation to standards and a design methodology for technical systems. The first part of the course imparts fundamental knowledge of machine elements and their standardized technical presentation. The second part of the course and practical exercise series includes the systematic conception, development and design of new technical products. Practical exercises consolidate the lecture topics. The purpose is to promote an understanding of product development given restrictions and functional aspects.


Current dates and further information can be found in the RWTH Aachen University Campus System and in L2P.
The written exam lasts for 120 minutes.

Lecture topics

Part 1: Machine elements & technical drawings

  • Drafting standards
  • Connections: screw connections, shaft–hub connections, welding
  • Tolerances
  • Shaft bearing arrangements
  • Power transmission

Part 2: Design methodology

  • Requirements
  • Functional analysis and synthesis
  • Concept development
  • Evaluation and selection of solutions
  • Design rules and guidelines

Further reading

Pahl, G.; Beitz, W.; Feldhusen, J.; Grote, K. H.: Engineering Design, A Systematic Approach. 3rd edition, Springer Verlag, 2007

Pahl, G.; Beitz, W.; Feldhusen, J.; Grote, K. H.: Konstruktionslehre, Grundlagen erfolgreicher Produktentwicklung, Methoden und Anwendung. (Design Theory, Principles of Successful Product Development, Methods, and Application.) 8th edition. Springer Verlag, 2013