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Undergraduate Course: Dynamics 3 (MECE09008)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe course is designed to allow students to achieve competence in the methods of dynamic analysis for lumped parameter linear systems, covering dynamic response and vibration analysis and, their uses in engineering applications.
Course description Many human activities involve mechanical vibrations in different forms. The course provides the tools for evaluating oscillations of real-world mechanical systems. We will investigate rigid body (lumped parameter) linear systems where the dynamic behaviour can be described using one or more spatial coordinates (single and multiple degrees of freedom systems). Students will be able to write the equation of motions of freely vibrating systems or under external exciting force in order to evaluate displacements, frequencies of oscillation, force transmitted and modes of vibration. We will be looking at issues arising from mechanical oscillations in real-world systems (i.e., IC engines, shafts, bridges and high-rise buildings) and devise solutions to minimise (or maximise!) mechanical vibrations. MATLAB will be used as additional and powerful tool to facilitate the procedure to investigate the mechanical oscillations of the studied systems.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Dynamics 2 (MECE08009)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 63 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 80 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Examination 80%
Assignment 20%
Feedback Common feedback on coursework.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Explain the terminology relevant to mechanical oscillations.
  2. Derive the mathematical models for describing single and multi-degree of freedom lumped parameter linear systems under different excitation conditions.
  3. Analyse and characterise the response of the systems for free vibration, steady-state harmonic vibration, and transient response under shocks.
  4. Describe, examine and evaluate shaft/rotor whirling, vibration absorbers and out-of-balance in IC engines and assess balancing procedures.
  5. Use numerical software (MATLAB) to determine the dynamic response of multi-degree of freedom systems.
Reading List
Highly recommended (also for Dynamics 4):
Singiresu S. Rao, "Mechanical Vibrations", 5th edition in SI units, Pearson
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Tutorials are on Tue 12:10-13:00 or Tue 16:10-17:00.
KeywordsMechanical oscillations,equation of motion,degrees of freedom,damping,vibrations
Course organiserDr Enrico Mastropaolo
Tel: (0131 6)50 5651
Course secretaryMrs Lynn Hughieson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5687
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