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Business, Engineering and Technology
On-campus block of classes
The module provides an explanation to the dynamic behaviour of standard mechanical engineering systems and components. It covers diverse systems such as engine balancing, kinematic analysis of gear trains and energy storage in flywheels. It also provides an understanding of computational analysis and synthesis in systems of kinematic motion. It introduces Matlab as a computational program that is suitable for solving kinematic problems.
On completion of the module, students will be expected to be able to:
Understand the kinematics and efficiency of gear trains
Determine requirements for balancing of rotating and reciprocating machinery
Comprehend the working of various moving parts of an engine
Perform calculations of energy and speed fluctuations in flywheels
Understand the Matlab programming language
Apply computational techniques in dynamic analysis of mechanical systems
Determine the precession of gyroscopic motion
Coursework assessment: 35%
The analysis of the underlying factors in the motion of commonly available and standard mechanical systems and components assists in the understanding of their dynamic behaviour when operating as part of integrated complex systems that can also be solved by means of computational methods.There will be a combination of lectures, that will include interactive elements. Assignment will require programming in Matlab. All outcomes will be assessed by means assignments, class tests and a final examination.
Basic Concepts in Structural and Machine Design, Differential and Integral Calculus
Advanced Design Concepts of Machine Systems