Advanced Dynamics

Subject MCEN90037 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours of lectures, up to 12 hours of tutorials and up to 4 hours of laboratory sessions.
Total Time Commitment:

200 hours


MCEN90009 Dynamics of Machines



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Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This course provides a general introduction to vibration modelling, analysis and control. The topics covered are:

  • Single degree of freedom systems (mass-spring-damper systems): free vibration, response to harmonic forcing, response to general forcing
  • Multiple degree of freedom systems: free vibration of 2 DoF systems, natural frequencies and modeshapes, response to forcing, matrix methods for multi DoF systems
  • Continuous systems: free vibration of strings, bars, beams and shafts, equations of motion, boundary conditions, natural frequencies and modeshapes, forced vibration
  • Modelling methods: Rayleigh’s method and Lagrange’s method
  • Vibration control: damping, vibration isolation, vibration absorbers
  • Experimental methods: modal analysis
  • Nonlinear vibrations

Upon completion, students should be able to:

  • Formulate mathematical models for vibration analysis for single degree of freedom systems; multiple degree of freedom systems; and continuous systems
  • Analyse these systems using a variety of analysis tools both in the time domain and in the frequency domain
  • Apply methods for the control of vibrations
  • Apply some more advanced topics in vibrations, including experimental methods and nonlinear vibrations
  • One end of semester examination not exceeding three hours (students need to score at least 30 out of 60 in the final exam to pass the subject (60%)
  • One mid-semester written test, not exceeding two hours (10%)
  • Two assignments each worth 15%, due in weeks 6 and week 10 (30%)

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Master of Engineering (Mechanical)
Master of Engineering (Mechatronics)

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