ENME402-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Advanced Vibrations and Acoustics

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


Vibrations of discrete and continuous systems, fundamental and modern acoustics.

The fundamentals of sound, wave description and propagation, acoustic instrumentation, noise criteria, sound source types and radiated sound fields, outdoor sound propagation, environmental noise and vibration.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge outcomes:
Students will obtain a knowledge of sound and vibration and its application in various environments.

Skills outcomes:
Students will learn how to measure and predict sound and vibration and the relationship of sound to vibration in various applications.

Course Content

Part I Introduction to Acoustics

1. Basic concepts
2. Time varying noise and noise indices
3. The ear and hearing
4. Sound propagation
5. Sound absorbers and room acoustics
6. Sound insulation

Part 2 Environmental Noise and Vibration and Human Response

1. Noise barriers
2. Traffic noise and low noise road surfaces
3. Environmental appraisal
4. Noise prediction methods
5. Vibration sources in the environment
6. Noise mapping and tranquillity

Laboratory classes:

1. Measuring sound
2. Response of rectangular plates
3. Sound absorption
4. Response in structures
5. Liquefaction


Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 10:00 E16 Lecture Theatre 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 10:00 Link 309 Lecture Theatre 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 10:00 Jack Erskine 445 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

John Pearse

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Chapra, S C & Canale, R P; Numerical Methods for Engineers; 6th; McGraw Hill, 2010.

Clough, R W and Penzien, J; Dynamics of Structures; 2nd Ed; McGraw Hill, 1993.

Hansen, C H; Noise Control: from Concept to Application; Spon Press, London.

Humar, J L; Dynamics of Structures; 2nd Ed; AA Balkema Publishers, 2002.

Inman, D.J.,; Engineering Vibration; 3rd Ed; Prentice Hall, 2008.

Rao, S.S.,; Mechanical Vibrations; 5th Ed; Prentice Hall, 2011.

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

* Harassment of any sort will not be tolerated.  Each UC student is here to learn and to experience a friendly and supportive community.
* It is every student's right to expect: respect and courtesy from staff and other students, including freedom from harassment of any sort; fair treatment; the ability to speak out about any issues that concern them, without fear of consequences for their safety and well-being.
* Furthermore, each student has the responsibility to: respect the rights and property of others; attend to their own health and safety, and that of others; and behave in a manner towards each other that does not reflect badly on the student body or the University.
* If you, or someone you know, has experienced harassment, please talk to your lecturers, directors of study, or head of department.

Dishonest Practice
* Plagiarism, collusion, copying, and ghost writing are unacceptable and dishonest practices.
* Plagiarism is the presentation of any material (test, data, figures or drawings, on any medium including computer files) from any other source without clear and adequate acknowledgment of the source.
* Collusion is the presentation of work performed in conjunction with another person or persons, but submitted as if it has been completed only by the named author(s).
* Copying is the use of material (in any medium, including computer files) produced by another person(s) with or without their knowledge and approval.
* Ghost writing is the use of another person(s) (with or without payment) to prepare all or part of an item submitted for assessment.

Do not engage in dishonest practices. The Department reserves the right to refer dishonest practices to the University Proctor and where appropriate to not mark the work.
The University regulations on academic integrity and dishonest practice can be found here.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,102.00

International fee $5,500.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Mechanical Engineering.

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