This course deals with basic concepts and mean techniques for synthesis and analysis of mechanisms.
When students finished, they will be able to create and analyse a
great number of types of mechanisms. Course is focused on mean
properties of synthesis and analysis of mechanisms, without large and
tedious calculations since computer programs are used. Applying
synthesis techniques students will create an extensive range of
mechanisms. Then analysis techniques will allows to students to simulate
and see the motion of mechanisms, (velocities, accelerations, forces,
etc.), and also to verify that they are useful.
This course is oriented for all specialities in engineering. The
level of concepts is adequate for all different specialities of
In addition of the technical knowledge, English is the official
language of the course. It is managed and given by German and Spanish
teachers: engineers and language teachers. So, the course is focused to
Summarizing, this course allows to students to improve their
knowledge on synthesis and analysis of mechanisms by computer programs,
and to improve their English knowledge.
WHO IS IT DIRECTED TO?
European students, technicians and engineers
The objective of the course is to give an overview of the techniques
used in mechanical engineering for the analysis and synthesis of
This general goal takes shape in the following educational objectives:
- Concepts commonly applied to the analysis and synthesis of mechanisms.
of the graphical and analytical techniques commonly used in the
synthesis of mechanisms, oriented to its application by means of
computer science programs.
- Practice implementation of the
knowledge and techniques acquired, by means of practical exercises of
application in the industry and mechanical engineering.
- Oral presentations of technical analysis of mechanisms.
Since some years ago, the Escuela Universitaria de Ingeniería Técnica
Industrial, (EUITI), and the Fachhochschule Frankfurt am Main, (FFM),
at the University of Applied Sciences, have a learning cooperation
agreement within the Sócrates/Erasmus program. Along these years,
different activities of student exchange and teaching staff mobility
have been accomplished. They are fitted in the frame of Industrial
Engineering studies, in the specialities of Chemistry, Electronics,
Electricity and Mechanics.
On April 2000, Ms. Susanne Gittel, as the Erasmus Coordinator from
FFM, and Prof. Dr. Christoph Wirth from Fachbereich Feinwerktechnik of
FFM, visited the EUITI. That visit made clear the interest of both
Institutions in increasing learning and cooperation activities, which
was specified in the academic year 2001-2002 with short courses in
English on analysis and synthesis of mechanisms, with staff exchange.
The courses, updated and improved, were repeated during the academic
- Course “Synthesis of
Mechanisms”, at the Fachhochschule Frankfurt am Main, by Prof. Dr. José
A. Lozano, from the Department of Industrial Mechanics of E.U. de
Ingeniería Técnica Industrial de Madrid, lasting eight hours.
“Analysis of Mechanisms”, at the E.U. de Ingeniería Técnica Industrial
de Madrid, by Prof. Dr. Christoph Wirth from the Fachbereich
Feinwerktechnik of Fachhochschule Frankfurt am Main, lasting eight
Both short courses have been arranged with the cooperation of
mentioned professors. As a result some learning materials and didactic
tools have been developed.
At present, the two courses have been joined in a new e-learning
course “Analysis and Synthesis of Mechanisms” offered in English, for
German students from the Fachhochschule Frankfurt am Main and the
Spanish students from the E.U. de Ingeniería Técnica Industrial de
Madrid. In a future, they might offered for other foreign students of
the European Union and other countries.
Along the course different teaching methods will be used:
- Learning basic and technical concepts.
using computer science programs of support. (It will be necessary to
use some computer for the presentations and to solve the exercises).
- Practical works made by the students, individually or on groups.
Some educational techniques will be used:
- E-learning. Some theoretical texts and practical exercises will be available in the Internet.
- Videoconference and video streaming.
- Computer programs for analysis and synthesis of mechanisms.
- An intensive week in Frankfurt or Madrid, (if feasible).
The Programme: SAM (Simulation and Analysis of Mechanisms) is used for the exercises.
Continuous assessment, with practical exercises.
There will be a normal written examination once a year (not via
Internet) at the UNIVERSIDAD POLITÉCNICA DE MADRID and at the
FACHHOCHSCHULE FRANKFURT AM MAIN-UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES.
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