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Here are some requirements for any written report.

  • A title must be provided with the following information: subject title, your name (with co-authors, if any), current date, Lab for Machine Design and Production Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Mons.
  • All pages must be numbered (except the title page).
  • Figures and tables should appear with a reference number and a caption. They must be referred to from the text. If your figure or table is based on another author’s, include the appropriate citation at the end of the caption.
  • Bibliographical references should be provided according to a common standard. Have a look to any published book or paper to get a consistent style for your bibliography.


An Ideal Library for Machine Design Projects

Besides the lecture notes of the courses available from the Moodle platform, the students in mechanical engineering could be interested to know which books would be valuable for their personal bookshelf, especially in the perspective of the mechanical design project. It is possible to find valuable information on the Internet, but nothing replaces a printed document to get a complete overview on different technological options or high quality figures.

This is a first selection that will be completed over time. Do not hesitate to recommend your own proposals.

#1. A technological engineering handbook. Mémotech “Conception et dessin”  (Claude Barlier , René Bourgeois, Mémotech, Casteilla, 2011)  is a must-have with more than 650 pages of technical data and accurate design rules.

#2. A bearing catalogue (write to a distributor to get a paper copy)

#3. The Design of Rolling Bearing Mountings by Schlaeffer. (Print and bind it!)

#4. A coursebook on machine design written in English. (Fundamentals of Machine Elements by Bernard Hamrock et al., Machine Design – An Integrated Approach by Robert L. Norton, Mechanical Design Engineering Handbook by Peter R.N. Childs, …)

#5. A collection of printed catalogues for belts, chains, electrical motors, sealings, … (write to distributors)

#6. A general engineering handbook (Dubbel Taschenbuch für den Maschinenbau, available in English; Mechanical Design Handbook by Harold A. Rothbart)

#7. A coursebook on machine design written in German

References #1, #2 and #3 are essential.

How to improve your culture in mechanical engineering

Mechanical engineering cannot be reduced to academic syllabuses: so many concepts, tricks and tips can only be learned from practitioners or on the field.

Reading of professional literature can very very helpful to get acquainted with the jargon:

I suggest some newspaper and brochures that are freely available and worth being read:

SSAB World to learn a lot about steel
Evolution magazine to learn about bearings

Which relations between maintenance operations and risk management?

This is the question addressed by Mrs Soumia Hadni in her PhD thesis entitled “Maintenance Impact on Safety”. On the one hand, look maintenance reduces the probability of major risk hazard for the process. On the other hand, the inspection/repair/replacement activity induces a specific risk related to the maintenance action . We believe it is worth to estimate both, at least in a rough model.

Her public defence will be held in French this Tiesday 24 November at 9:30 AM, Auditorium 5, Faculty of Engineering, University of Mons, Rue de Houdain 9, Mons and will be  open for a wide audience. Everybody is welcome.

summary is available here.