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Undergraduate Course: Dynamics 5 (MECE11015)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Year 5 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course follows on from previous courses on dynamics (Dynamics 3 and Dynamics 4) and aims to provide the students with an advanced understanding on linear and non-linear dynamic systems for a range of applications. Teaching and learning will be focused on the theory of dynamics, wave propogation and target practical and industrial applications.
Course description Week 1: Introduction to impact mechanics
Terminology, analysis methods and ruling dynamic principles. Low and high energy impact. These topics will be introduced with examples and applications in structural dynamics and structural impact, crashworthiness and vehicle safety, armour and protection systems.
Weeks 2-3: Low energy impact
One dimensional rigid body impact: equations of motion, compression and restitution and energy balance. Multi-dimensional rigid body impact. Crashworthiness.
Weeks 4-5: Dynamic behaviour of structures
Governing equations, types of dynamic loads, influence of supports. Static versus dynamic behaviour of structures: beams, plates and shells. Impulsive loads and dynamic plastic behaviour: governing equations for beams and plates, examples and applications.
Weeks 6-7: Dynamic behaviour of materials
Applications of high strain rate behaviour of materials. Elastic and plastic waves: wave velocity and propagation, impact of finite length bars. Shock waves: hydrodynamic behaviour of materials, relationships between shock parameters and shock wave profiles. Shock wave interaction, reflection and attenuation. Material response to shock waves.
Week 8: Material testing
Experimental techniques, instrumentation and theoretical methods to obtain constitutive relations in the dynamic regime.
Weeks 9-10: Introduction to protection systems
Introduction to the concepts of survivability, human vulnerability, armour and protection. Early applications and empirical models of penetration. Accidents, threats and targets. Materials for armour and protection systems.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam 100%: «br /»
Practical Exam 0%: «br /»
Coursework 0%: «br /»
Feedback For students: formative feedback (W4: General feedback; W8: Written formative feedback give with example exercise).
For instructor: Midterm and Final ETO Questionnaire
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Dynamics 52:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. ¿ Select the appropriate method to analyse the non-linear dynamic response of simple structural elements and apply simplified models to analyse dynamic systems.
  2. ¿ Select appropriate materials for energy absorption purposes.
  3. ¿ Propose designs for simple structures and systems for impact protection and energy absorption.
  4. ¿ Understand wave propagation and interaction, and its effect on the behaviour of solid materials.
Reading List
¿ N. Jones, Structural impact, Cambridge University Press, 1997.
¿ M.A. Meyers, Dynamic behaviour of materials, John Wiley & Sons, 1994.
¿ W. Goldsmith, Impact: The theory and physical behaviour of colliding solids, Dover Publications, 2001.
¿ W.J. Stronge, Impact mechanics, Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsDynamics,non-linear dynamics,impulsive load,material behaviour,strain-rate,energy
Course organiserDr Filipe Teixeira-Dias
Tel: (0131 6)50 6768
Course secretaryMiss Emily Rowan
Tel: (0131 6)51 7185
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