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EM40JP: DYNAMICS 2 (2022-2023)

Last modified: 31 Jul 2023 11:19

Course Overview

This course covers several advanced topics in the dynamics of structural and mechanical systems. The aims of the course are to develop analytical approaches to rigid body and flexible continuous systems with a view to the prediction and understanding of the behaviour of engineering components in a dynamic environment, to familiarise the students with the concept of nonlinearity and analyse and interpret the nonlinear dynamic behaviour of engineering systems and structures.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Oleksandr Menshykov

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Course Description

The course is aimed at students interested in mechanical engineering or in structural dynamics. It is composed of four advanced topics in dynamics: continuous systems, Lagrange’s equations, nonlinear dynamics and stability of linear and nonlinear dynamic systems. The free and forced vibration of various continuous systems is examined, including rods, strings and beams. Lagrange's procedure is presented as an alternative to Newton's for generating the equations of motion for a system. The effects of nonlinearity on dynamic systems is introduced, including the main analysis and modelling techniques. Stability of linear and nonlinear dynamic systems is examined.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

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Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt

Examination 100%

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandHave knowledge and understanding of the importance and sources of nonlinear behaviour in dynamic engineering problems.
ProceduralEvaluateDescribe and analyse nonlinear dynamic responses of simple engineering systems, using the main nonlinear dynamics concepts and tools.

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