Department of Design

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Department of Design

Since it was founded in 1919, the Department of Design has always been concerned with the education of students, research and industry. The Department focuses on the Design specializations at undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate studies. Knowledge gained in basic courses is applied to the field of machine elements where performance, purpose, calculation and selection of machine components are studied. The focus of teaching at undergraduate and graduate studies, within specialized and elective courses, is on the integration
of previously acquired knowledge through courses of product development and computer aided design. Real problems from industry are usually subjects of undergraduate and Master’s theses.

The Department actively collaborates with similar departments at the faculties in: Bath, Bratislava, Cambridge, Maribor, Ljubljana, Sarajevo, Ecole Centrale Paris, TU Denmark, TU Munich, TU Lulea and Stevens Institute of
Technology USA and with experts from industries and other disciplines.

Chair of Machine Elements

The Chair's courses are directed towards forming, technologicality and calculation of machine elements and assemblies. By carrying out less complex projects students are introduced to the problem of machine assemblies design. The Chair comprises two laboratories: Machine Element Laboratory
and Machine Assembly Laboratory. The laboratories are responsible for conducting practical and laboratory exercises.
The research focuses on the basic machine elements, their working methods and types of damage, with the aim to determine damaging mechanism, detect possible improvements and prolong life span. The acknowledged technology projects (Modular system for recycling of
secondary raw materials, Development and manufacturing of prototype of measurement line for static torque, Solar dryer for fruits and vegetables with ultrasound preparation etc.) have successfully developed certain products.
Numerous supervisions and expertise have been realised in cooperation with industry, e.g. the revision of the main mechanical engineering project of the mobile roof of the Gruž swimming pools in Dubrovnik, the expertise of damage causes on the ski lift ‘Crveni spust’ on Zagreb's mountain Medvednica.
The Machine Element Laboratory ( is accredited for calibration of the force torque.

Chair of Design and Product Development

The primary goal of the Chair is developing competitive and innovative products and the optimisation of process development.

Students carry out projects in 3DEXPERIENCE CADLab ( where they, with the software support, apply theoretical knowledge of product development methodologies. The primary goal of teaching is developing creative and innovative potentials of students with the understanding of the overall life cycle of the product. Multinational student teams develop a functional prototype of a product in cooperation with the universities in the United Kingdom, Hungary and Slovenia and an industrial
partner (

The research at the Chair deals with the development and adaptation of methods and tools that enable companies to efficiently develop innovative products. The main topic of research is knowledge management in the product development process. Numerous methods and tools for
knowledge and innovation management have been developed in researches that have been supported by Croatian and international bodies (e.g.,,

In 2007, the Chair started the project ‘Centre for Product Development’( with the goal to spread the knowledge of new methods and tools for improving the development processes in companies in the region. The area of interest is modularization, adaptation of CAD and PLM
systems as well as innovative development projects. The Chair has organised a series of postgraduate summer schools under the title ‘Engineering Design Research’ as well as DESIGN conference ( which is the reference scientific event for the field of product development and design.

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
and Naval Architecture
Ivana Lučića 5
10002 Zagreb, p.p. 102
MB 3276546
OIB 22910368449
PIC 996827485
IBAN HR4723600001101346933
tel: +385 1 6168 222
fax: +385 1 6156 940
University of Zagreb
Ministry of Science and Education