Academic Year 2023/2024 - Teacher: FERDINANDO CHIACCHIO

Expected Learning Outcomes

The course aims to give the student a directional view of production systems and to provide the basic tools, technical and economic, for the high-level design and conduct of the process and service systems. The teaching method of the course includes lectures and computer exercises on case studies using the spreadsheet. 

Large space is dedicated to the treatment of factors of uncertainty and the related simulation approach.

Course Structure

Lectures on theoretical topics carried out by a video projector or overhead projector. Exercises carried out in the classroom using a video projector and the electronic spreadsheet. Collective development of numerical exercises. Short simulation of the exam (numerical exercise).

Should teaching be carried out in mixed mode or remotely, it may be necessary to introduce changes with respect to previous statements, in line with the programme planned and outlined in the syllabus.

Learning assessment may also be carried out on line, should the conditions require it.

Required Prerequisites

  • Knowledge of the: units of measuremens, basics of differential calculus, mechanical, thermodynamics and of electrical theory.
  • Prerequisite: Fisica Tecnica

Attendance of Lessons

To guarantee equal opportunities and in compliance with the laws in force, interested students can ask for a personal interview in order to plan any compensatory and / or dispensatory measures, based on the didactic objectives and specific needs.

Detailed Course Content

  1. Basic Concepts. main laws of mechanics, thermodynamics and the elementary laws of electrical engineering. Use of units of measure and dimensional equations. Capitalization and economic discounting. Random sampling.
  2. Introduction: The industrial enterprise; The industrial plant and the general plants of service. Classification of industrial plants. Flexibility, Elasticity, Productivity.
  3. Main Principles of industrial economics and plant design. The production function. Start-up costs and business costs. Fixed costs and variable costs. Formulae to capitalize and to discount. Proceeds and gains. Margin. Break even point. Assessment criteria of industrial investments. Down-time costs. Obsolescence, amortment, interest. Balance of the enterprise.
  4. General Methods for the dimensioning of the service plants. Service continuity and failure probability of components and systems. Reliability and Availability. Redundancy costs. Central and distributed utilities. Dimensioning of utilities in uncertain condistions. Dimensioning of buffers. Scale effects on costs.
  5. Service plants and dimensioning: electricity distribution; economic dimensioning of power lines; electric power factor correction; sizing of air conditioning systems; economic design criteria of the distribution networks of plumbing systems; compressed air generation; design of compressed air distribution networks.
  6. Maintenance: regulatory framework; terminology and basic elements; the maintenance function in the company; maintenance policies and strategies.
  7. Safety at work: Risk analysis and analysis of Legislative Decree 81/2008; FMEA and FMECA risk analysis methods.

Textbook Information


1. Turco F., "Principi generali di progettazione degli Impianti Industriali", CLUP, Milano, 1990.

2. Calabrese A., “Gestione degli impianti industriali” - Voll. I e II, CUSL, 2004.

 Lecture Notes

D.1 Richiami

D.2 Logistica di supporto

D.3 Sicurezza sul lavoro: il D.lgs. 9 aprile 28 n. 81

Learning Assessment

Learning Assessment Procedures

The exam is contituted by the following options:

 a)  in-course partial examinations (optional);


 b)  final written examination (in case partial examinations have not been passed or attempted);


 c)   oral exam discussing the topics of the excel exercise proposed during the course.

Examples of frequently asked questions and / or exercises

Exercises can be downloaded on STUDIUM