Course: Mechanics for Designers

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Course title Mechanics for Designers
Course code KME/DMECH
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Tutorial
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Vimmr Jan, Doc. Ing. Ph.D.
  • Jonášová Alena, Ing. Ph.D.
Course content
1th week: Lecture - Why is the subject mechanics lectured for designers? The scope of mechanics and its division. Kinematics of a mass point, rectilinear motion. Practice - Recapitulation of principle ideas from linear algebra and vector calculus, matrix, determinant, scalar multiplication, vector multiplication. 2nd week: Lecture - Curvilinear mass point motion in plane. Kinematics of plane rigid body motion, translation. Practice - Examination of uniform rectilinear and uniformly accelerated rectilinear motion of mass point. 3rd week: Lecture - Rotation of a rigid body. General plane motion of a rigid body, basic decomposition (translation, rotation). Practice - Mass point motion on a circle. Examination of curvilinear mass point motion in plane. 4th week: Lecture - Principle theorems of statics - force and its determination, forces composition, force decomposition. Moment of a force to a point and an axis. Practice - Examination of translational and rotational rigid body motion. Examination of general plane rigid body motion considering the basic decomposition (translation, rotation). 5th week: Lecture - Varignon's theorem. Force couple. Principle theorems of statics. Practice - Forces composition and force decomposition - analytically, graphically. Moment of a force to a point determination. 6th week: Lecture - Theory of a force systems - conditions of replace, equilibrium and equivalence. The plane force system of the same point of action. General planar force system. Practice - Moment of a force to an axis determination, usage of Varignon's theorem 7th week: Lecture - System of parallel forces. Center of mass, Pappus's centroid theorem. Practice - Analytical and graphical solution of force systems in plane. 8th week: Lecture - Position and equilibrium of mass point in plane. Practice - Evaluation of center of mass, usage of Pappus's centroid theorem. 9th week: Lecture - Position and equilibrium of a rigid body in plane. Practice - Examination of mass point equilibrium in plane - the problem of a force, the problem of position. 10th week: Lecture - Composition of plane rigid body systems. Illustration of chosen mechanisms motion simulation. Kinematical solution of plane mechanisms. Practice - Examination of rigid body equilibrium in plane - analytical and graphical solution. 11th week: Lecture - Statical solution of stationary rigid bodies systems using the release method ? analytical and graphical solution. Practice - Examination of rigid body equilibrium in plane - completion. Illustration of some mechanisms models. Semestral work setting. 12th week: Lecture - Truss - method of joints. Application on examples. Practice - Statical solution of stationary rigid bodies systems - analytical and graphical solution. 13th week: Lecture - Statical solution of planar mechanisms - analytical and graphical solution. Practice - Statical solution of planar truss.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture with practical applications, Practicum
  • Contact hours - 52 hours per semester
  • Undergraduate study programme term essay (20-40) - 20 hours per semester
  • Preparation for an examination (30-60) - 55 hours per semester
professional knowledge
The student knows - principles of vector and matrix calculus, - principle methods of differential and integral calculus.
learning outcomes
The student - is familiar with the technical problems of a mass point, rigid body and rigid body systems plane mechanics, - defines the mass object degree of freedom in plane, - knows to solve kinematics of a basic mass point and rigid body motions, - chooses the corresponding number of balance conditions for the mass point and rigid body statical solution in plane, - is capable to determine the center of mass of the mass objects, - applies the basic analytical and graphical methods to the solution of mass point and rigid body mechanics, - knows to solve the statics of plane rigid body systems using analytical and graphical methods.
teaching methods
Lecture with practical applications
assessment methods
Combined exam
Seminar work
Recommended literature
  • Hlaváč, Zdeněk; Vimmr, Jan. Sbírka příkladů ze statiky a kinematiky. 1. vyd. V Plzni : Západočeská univerzita, 2007. ISBN 978-80-7043-609-7.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art Design, specialization Industrial Design (4) Art and applied art 2 Winter