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Mechanical Design and Building Environment


Program (detailed contents):


Mechanical Design Project

34h workgroups, 8h practicals

The students carry out function analysis, brainstorming, kinematics studying, sizing and CAD modeling via project teamwork.

The students get necessary knowledge for the project using documents from moodle, books and the internet.


  • Along the project, the students have to prepare short presentations.
  • An exercise booklet enables the students to test their knowledge
  • Technical drawing reading exercises are carried out


Combustion Engines

8h tutorials

Combustion engine principles are explained using technical documents and real engines


Building environment

This course will be based on sequences corresponding to successive viewpoints given by many stakeholders on various underway projects. It will feed our reflections of the urban project.


At the end of this module, the student will have understood and be able to explain (main concepts):


The student will be able to carry out a design process for a simple mechanical system, from functional specifications.

The student will have a basic knowledge of combustion engines.


The student will be able to:


Mechanical Design Project:

  • propose kinematic solutions for given functional specifications
  • Evaluate power requirements and choose a motor
  • Design and size a simple gearbox
  • Design and size an assembly with radial ball bearings
  • Assess static indetermination of a fixed or mobile assembly
  • Model a mechanical system using CAD software
  • Write a report and defend a presentation
  • Participate in a team project
  • Identify proper assembly conditions for a ball bearing joint


Combustion Engines:

  • know 2 stroke and 4 stroke principles
  • understand timing systems and air/fuel feeding
  • know the difference between turbofan and turboprop
  • be able to identify components of an alternating engine from an overall drawing
  • know accessory systems (cooling, lubrication, electrical generation,...)
  • know the terminology


Building Environment


This course covers the basics of urban planning regulations and laws, urban theory history, morphology and architectural and urban outdoor climate. This course will deepen some concepts already covered in other courses. It will develop an interdisciplinary culture around sustainable urban development. It will immerse students in complex urban projects and in a multicriteria logic, multi-stakeholder and multi- spatial and multi-temporal decision.

This course is designed in close collaboration with the Urban project class, since each procedure call to an application procedure of the theoretical knowledge presented in the project.

Needed prerequisite


  • kinematic modeling, static determinability, radial ball bearing design rules, technical drawing basics, CREO CAD basics

Math and mechanics: I2ICMT11

  • ability to determine forces using equilibrium principle for simple systems.

Form of assessment

The evaluation of outcome prior learning is made as a continuous training during the semester. According ot the teaching, the assessment will be different: as a written exam, an oral exam, a record, a written report, peers review...