Mechanical Dynamics

Subject MCEN30016 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours of lectures, up to 12 hours of tutorials and 6 hours of laboratory sessions.
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours


Students who completed third year in 2010 will have taken MCEN30015 Thermofluids as a core subject instead of ENGR30001 Fluid Mechanic & Thermodynamics.

An equivalent year-long version of MCEN90016 Mechanical Project will be available.

Postgraduate -

Admission into an engineering coursework Masters degree

Undergraduate -

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
January, Semester 1, Semester 2

AND one of the following:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Summer Term, Semester 1, Semester 2

Note: MAST30023 may also be taken concurrently.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Non Allowed Subjects:

436-353 Mechanics 2

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Prof Saman Halgamuge


Subject Overview:

This subject is concerned with the three-dimensional dynamics of rigid bodies, and with the modelling of a variety of mechanical devices as linear time-invariant systems, and the calculation of their responses in the time and frequency domains.


At the conclusion of this subject students should be able to -

  • Derive mathematical models of mechanical and electro-mechanical systems
  • Perform basic system analysis of mechanical systems using tools in time and frequency domains
  • Derive equations of motion considering dynamics of rigid bodies in 3-D
  • Analyise vibrations of higher order systems

  • Four assignments totalling no more than 5000 words (equally weighted 30% total). Up to two of the assignments will be based on laboratory practical exercises.
  • One 3 hour end of semester written examination (70%).
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Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following skills -

  • Ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design and operational performance
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: B-ENG Mechanical Engineering stream
Master of Engineering (Mechanical)
Master of Engineering (Mechatronics)
Mechanical Systems
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG. Core selective subjects for B-BMED.

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