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Course unit
INM0018924, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN0518, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Industrial Engineering
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Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Other lecturers MATTIA MANZOLARO

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ING-IND/14 Mechanical Design and Machine Building 9.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 72 153.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2011 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
9 A.A. 2018/19 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 MENEGHETTI GIOVANNI (Presidente)
RICOTTA MAURO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Solid mechanics, Machine Design 1, Fluid machines 1
Target skills and knowledge: The students acquire the basis to conceive, design and assess mechanical systems mainly from the structural point of view by using analytical as well as numerical methods based on finite element simulations. Fluid power and servo-hydraulic systems for static and fatigue tests are treated.
Examination methods: Examination consists of the following parts:
1) Discussion and presentation of the project (0/3 points)
2) Practical solution of a structural or thermo-structural problem using a commercial finite element software package (1 hour, max 30 points)
3) Written examination with three questions concerning theory (1,5 hours, max 30 points)

Score of the written examination:
(ScoreExercises + ScoreTheory + ScoreProject)/2

Oral examination only for students having a score of the written examination equal to or greater than 26. IN this case the final score is the average between the scores of written and oral examinations
Assessment criteria: The discussion of the project done by group of students evaluates:
- the skills to use a commercial software package to perform a structural or coupled thermal-structural finite element analysis
- the technical quality of the project report
- the quality of the oral presentation of the project in terms of clarity, appropriateness of the technical language and knowledge synthesis

The individual practical examination evaluates:
- the capacity of using the finite element software package
- the correctness of the analysis performed and of the reported results

The written examination on theoretical topics evaluates the knowledge of:
- purpose and construction details of components adopted in fluid power applications
- principles of closed-loop controlled mechanical systems with focus on servo-hydraulic systems for static and dynamic tests on mechanical components

The oral examination evaluates:
- the appropriateness of the technical language
- the methodological correctness
- the capacity of knowledge synthesis
Course unit contents: The design and analysis of complex electro-mechanical systems are first treated. Then the finite element technique to assess the structural strength of components is applied.

Fluid power with applications
Fundamentals of closed-loop controlled mechanical systems
Finite Element Analysis of components and structures: truss, beam, plane, shell, solid elements. Axisymmetric structures, numerical Fracture Mechanics applied to plane problems, APDL programming with Ansys software, Submodeling technique. Thermo-structural analysis with finite elements.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Two theoretical lectures and one exercise per week. Homeworks and project of the course to carry out by groups of students.
Additional notes about suggested reading: 1. K.L. Lawrence, “Ansys Tutorial Release 11.0”, Biblioteca DIM Padova.
2. O. C. Zienkiewicz, “The Finite Element Method”, McGraw-Hill, London, 1989.
3. K. J. Bathe, Finite Element procedures, Prentice Hall, New Jersey, 1996.
4. T. Stolarski, Y. Nakasone, S. Yoshimoto, Engineering Analysis with Ansys Software, Elsevier, Oxford, 2006.
5. E. Madenci, I. Guven, The finite element method and applications in engineering using Ansys, Springer Science, New York, 2006.
6. Gianni Comini, Stefano Del Giudice, Carlo Nonino: Finite Element Analysis in Heat Transfer, Taylor & Francis, 1994.
7. ASSOFLUID, L’oleoidraulica nell’ambito industriale e mobile, Ed. Assofluid, 2004.
8. T.L. Floyd, Fondamenti di elettronica analogica, Principato, 1995.
9. R. Giovannozzi, Costruzione di Macchine, Patron, Bologna, 2007.
10. E.O. Doebelin, Measurement Systems – Application and Design, McGraw Hill.
11. Eurocodice 3, Progettazione delle strutture in acciaio.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • R. Nordmann, H. Birkhofer, “Elementi di Macchine e Meccatronica”. --: Ed. McGraw Hill, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • G. Meneghetti, M. Manzolaro, M. Quaresimin, Introduction to the structural analysis with Ansys® numerical code. Padova: LIBRERIA PROGETTO Padova., --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • M. Manzolaro, G. Meneghetti, Introduction to the thermal analysis with Ansys® numerical code. Padova: LIBRERIA PROGETTO Padova., --. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Problem solving

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Matlab

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