Dynamics 2

Course code MECH2350Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentSchool of Engineering

This course extends on concepts introduced in first year mechanics (GENG1001) to provide a solid foundation on the dynamics of rigid bodies. An introduction to modelling the dynamics of discrete mechanical systems is also provided, with a focus on understanding the physical meaning of solutions in terms of mode shapes and natural frequencies of vibrating systems.
Topics include: kinematics and kinetics of planar rigid bodies, an introduction to 3D rigid body dynamics, modelling of dynamic mechanical systems, analytical solutions of linear models, and mode shapes and natural frequencies of multiple degree-of-freedom systems.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
UoN SingaporeTrimester 3
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesThis course aims to provide students with the following;
1. A solid understanding of the dynamics of planar rigid body systems.
2. The ability to solve problems as related to the dynamics planar rigid body systems.
3. A basic understanding of the issues involved in three-dimensional rigid body dynamics.
4. The ability to develop dynamic models of simple mechanical systems and apply analytical techniques to examine their motion.
5. Experience in the preparation of documentation in the form of an engineering report.

The course makes a major contribution to the following Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics graduate attributes/skills:

Attribute 1: A sound knowledge of engineering fundamentals and the sciences which underpin them.
Attribute 2: An in-depth technical competence in at least one of the engineering specialisations.
Attribute 3: The necessary skills to apply technologies and resources in engineering problem solving.
Attribute 5: An ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution.
Attribute 11: An ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large.
Attribute 12: An ability to manage information and documentation.
Attribute 16: A capacity for lifelong learning and professional development.
Attribute 17: The ability to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes of a professional engineer.
Content1. Kinematics and kinetics of planar rigid bodies (momentum and energy methods).
2. An introduction to three-dimensional rigid body mechanics (3D kinematics, moment of inertia tensors, and Euler’s equations).
3. Modelling of dynamic mechanical systems (including Lagrange formulation).
4. Natural frequency and damping ratio of single degree of freedom linear systems.
5. Mode shapes and natural frequencies of multiple degree-of-freedom linear systems.
Replacing Course(s)Not Applicable
TransitionNot Applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge1. Dynamics of point masses (GENG1001 – Introduction to Engineering Mechanics)
2. Vector cross and dot products (MATH1110 – Mathematics 1)
3. Ordinary differential equations (MATH2310 – Calculus of Science and Engineering)
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: Class
Essays / Written AssignmentsRegular Assignments
Examination: Formal* Note, any modification to the above assessment arrangement will appear on the course outline normally issued in week 1.
Contact HoursLecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for MECH2350