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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

As a first step, this course will address the basics of a building design project.

Lectures will introduce students to the following issues:
- Actors and phases of a project
- Architectural design
- Civil engineering materials
- Bioclimatic design
- Design of a building structure
The first tutorial will consist of analyzing iconic houses in the history of architecture. The goal is to acquire an architectural culture and understand the keys to architectural analysis.

A second tutorial will cover the basics of building structure design and load lowering.

A project will put students in a design situation. Student will design a Building Information Model of a house on the basis of a program, a site and urban regulations. This project will mobilize the knowledge acquired on architecture, materials and structure. The rendering will be in the form of a file including graphic parts and architectural and technical notices.

In a second step, the course will focus on the acquisition of spatial data.

Courses and tutorials will allow students to learn the tools and methods of topographic survey and implantation of buildings.
These methods will be implemented by students of practical exercises.


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


The objectives are:
- Acquire a general culture and a vocabulary for architecture and building
- Understand the technical challenges of construction (environment, comfort, structure, etc.)
- Being able to design a simple building for a building permit application
- Being able to produce the digital model of a building (BIM)
- Write a technical notice
- Understand the tools and methods for acquiring spatial data
- Know how to set up a topographic survey plan and execute it

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...