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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Further develops the study of engineering dynamics. The focus is on machines and associated mechanisms, vibration and balancing. Emphasis is on the dynamic forces within machines and their significance with respect to the equipment they drive, are driven by or are mounted on. An industry-standard software package is used for modelling, complex calculations and visualisation. Some guided self-learning is expected.

Unit content

Revision of ordinary differential equations  

Introduction to MATLAB  

Free and forced vibration of single degree-of-freedom systems  

Vibration measurement  

Vibration transmission and isolation  

Single- and multi-plane balancing  

Vibration of multi-degree-of-freedom systems  

Modal analysis  

Vibration of continuous systems

Mechanisms

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 understand the conceptual, analytical and mathematical limits of the theoretical techniques so that they can be applied appropriately
2 develop skills to enable mathematical modelling and analysis of dynamic phenomena in machines using MATLAB
3 develop problem solving skills in situations where dynamically generated forces and motions are significant
4 develop skills in effectively and safely using laboratory equipment in a team environment for experimental investigation and measurement of dynamics phenomena, and in reporting findings
5 understand the application of dynamics in mechanical engineering professional practice.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. understand the conceptual, analytical and mathematical limits of the theoretical techniques so that they can be applied appropriately
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  2. develop skills to enable mathematical modelling and analysis of dynamic phenomena in machines using MATLAB
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  3. develop problem solving skills in situations where dynamically generated forces and motions are significant
    • GA4:
  4. develop skills in effectively and safely using laboratory equipment in a team environment for experimental investigation and measurement of dynamics phenomena, and in reporting findings
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  5. understand the application of dynamics in mechanical engineering professional practice.
    • GA6: