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MM2DYN Dynamics
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  13/14

Total Credits: 20

Level: Level 2

Target Students:  Second year students in mechanical engineering and any other students who fulfill the prerequisites.   Available to JYA/Erasmus students.

Taught Semesters:

Full Year Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: Basic mechanics from A-level Physics or equivalent. The Dynamics part of MM1EM1 Electromechanical Systems 1 is a prerequisite.

MM1EM1 Electromechanical Systems 1 

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  Dynamics: Rigid body kinematics and dynamics in planar motion, planar mechanisms, velocity and acceleration diagrams. Structural vibration: Free and forced vibration of damped single degree of freedom structures, vibration isolation, free vibration of multi-degree of freedom structures, experimental modal analysis, shaft whirl and beam vibration. Control: Representation and analysis of simple control systems, PID control, stability of feedback systems.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 22 weeks1 per week2 hours
Practical 11 weeks2 per week3 hours
Seminar 22 weeks1 per week1 hour

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 80 3 hour exam 
Coursework 1 10 Dynamics case study 
Coursework 2 Laboratory report: Modal testing 
Coursework 3 Control depending on student preference 

Dr D Branson

Education Aims:  This module aims to introduce concepts of rigid body dynamics, vibrations and feedback control, and develop the student's ability to analyse these aspects in simplified engineering situations.

Learning Outcomes:  On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • LO1- Comprehend fundamental concepts of rigid body dynamics, vibration and control
  • LO2- Formulate engineering dynamics equations appropriate to a given scenario
  • LO3- Analyse simplified engineering dynamics scenarios with appropriate methods
  • LO4- Clearly communicate data, analysis and engineering calculations through in written form

    Offering School:  Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering

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