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EM3511: DYNAMICS 1 (2017-2018)

Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

This course introduces the theory of dynamics and the vibration of single and multi-degree of freedom systems, and dynamics of rotating and reciprocating machinery.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Ekaterina Pavlovskaia

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either EG2503 Electrical and Mechanical Systems (Passed) or EG2559 Electrical and Mechanical Systems (Passed)
  • Engineering (EG) (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • EG3511 Dynamics 1 (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course commences with an overview of the dynamics of a particle and of general planar kinematics and dynamics before proceeding to a review of the free and forced vibration response of a linear single degree of freedom system. An introduction to the vibration of systems with two or more degrees of freedom follows, including natural frequencies and mode shapes, principal co-ordinates and calculation of the forced response using the impedance method. Then the dynamic forces and moments associated with rotating and reciprocating machinery are examined. The design of a passive vibration absorber and testing in the laboratory are included the course. Matlab is used for calculations of dynamic responses and natural frequencies and mode shapes.

Further Information & Notes

Available only to students following an Honours degree programme in Engineering.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Engineering (Mechanical)

Contact Teaching Time

50 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown



1st Attempt: 1 two hour written examination paper (70%) and continuous assessment (30%).

Resit: 1 two hour written examination paper (70%) with previous mark for in-course assessment standing.

Formative Assessment




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