4 students

Unit I: Introduction- Classification of mechanisms – Basic kinematic concepts and definitions – Degree of freedom, Mobility – Kutzbach criterion, Grueblers criterion – Grashofs Law – Kinematic inversions of four-bar chain and slider crank chains – Limit positions – Mechanical advantage – Transmission Angle – Description of some common mechanisms – Quick return mechanisms, Straight line generators, Universal Joint – rocker mechanisms.

Unit II: Kinematics of mechanisms/machineries- Displacement, velocity and acceleration analysis of simple mechanisms – Graphical method– Velocity and acceleration polygons – Velocity analysis using instantaneous centres – kinematic analysis of simple mechanisms – Coincident points – Coriolis component of Acceleration – Introduction to linkage synthesis problem.

Unit III: Dynamics of mechanisms/machineries-Dynamics Fundamentals, Dynamic Force Analysis, Balancing, Engine Dynamics, Multi cylinder Engines.

Unit IV: Kinematic and dynamic analysis of machine components- Classification of cams and followers – Terminology and definitions – Displacement diagrams –Uniform velocity, parabolic, simple harmonic and cycloidal motions – Derivatives of follower motions – Layout of plate cam profiles – Specified contour cams – Circular arc and tangent cams – Pressure angle and undercutting – sizing ofcams.

Law of toothed gearing – Involutes and cycloidal tooth profiles –Spur Gear terminology and definitions –Gear tooth action – contact ratio – Interference and undercutting. Helical, Bevel, Worm, Rack and Pinion gears [Basics only]. Gear trains – Speed ratio, train value – Parallel axis gear trains – Epicyclic GearTrains.


Upon completion of this course, the students can able to apply fundamentals of mechanism/machines for the design of new mechanisms/machines and analyse them for optimum design.

  1. R L Norton, Design of Machineries, 5th Edition, McGraw HillPublishers.
  2. Uicker, J.J., Pennock G.R and Shigley, J.E., Theory of Machines and Mechanisms, 3rd Edition, Oxford University Press,2009.
  3. Rattan, S.S, Theory of Machines, 3rd Edition, Tata McGraw-Hill,2009.
  4. Thomas Bevan, Theory of Machines, 3rd Edition, CBS Publishers and Distributors,2005.
  5. W. L, Mechanisms of Machines, Oxford University Press,2005.
  6. Allen S. Hall Jr., Kinematics and Linkage Design, Prentice Hall,1961.
  7. A and Mallick, A.K., Theory of Mechanisms and Machines, Affiliated East West Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi,1988.
  8. J.S. and Dukkipati.R.V. Mechanisms and Machine Theory, Wiley-Eastern Ltd., New Delhi,1992.
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