Unit description

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

1. Revision of ordinary differential equations  

2. Introduction to MATLAB  

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

4. Vibration measurement  

5. Vibration transmission and isolation  

6. Single- and multi-plane balancing  

7. Vibration of multi-degree-of-freedom systems  

8. Modal analysis  

9. Vibration of continuous systems

10. 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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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Fee information


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