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Dynamics and kinematics of machine elements; derivations and fundamental analysis of equation of motion of single-degree-of-freedom systems; vibrations: free and forced vibrations (harmonic, periodic, quasi- and aperiodic), introduction to computational methods to solve differential equations (Euler, Newmark-Beta), multi-degree-of-freedom systems.
The course will equip students with in-depth knowledge in dynamics, vibrations, and kinematics as a fundamental element of Mechanical Engineering and a prerequisite to proposed streams in subsequent professional years.
Understanding of how to codify real-life observations (related to things in motion) with the help of mathematic-mechanical expressions. Ability to derive equations of motion of mechanical systems (machine elements and machines) by taught kinematic and dynamic methods. Ability to analyse mechanical systems for linear behaviour. Ability to independently apply methods and analysis to a wider and yet-unknown spectrum of real-life engineering problems.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Subject to the approval of the Dean of Engineering and Forestry
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Hibbeler, R C;
Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics;
Inman, D J;
Prentice Hall, 2008.
Meriam, J L. Kraige, L G;
Moon, F. C;
The machines of Leonardo da Vinci and Franz Reuleaux : kinematics of machines from the Renaissance to the 20th century;
Palm, W J;
John Wiley, 2007.
Rao, S S;
Prentice Hall, 2011.
The MathWorks Inc;
MATLAB Student-Version, 2004.
Steidel, Robert F;
An introduction to mechanical vibrations;
Wilson, Charles E. , Sadler, J. Peter;
Kinematics and dynamics of machinery;
Pearson Education, 2003.
Domestic fee $937.00
International fee $5,125.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
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