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MEC4428 - Advanced dynamics

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Engineering

Leader: J Friend


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


Instruction on advanced topics in dynamics, incorporating electromagnetics via D'Lambert's principle, Hamilton's equations and the virtual power (Jourdain/Kain) method. Focus on kinematics and dynamics of robotic structures and magnetoelectromechanical devices (motors, speakers, transducers, vibration sensors etc). Consideration of the inevitable and critical consequences of nonlinearities in dynamics response, including limit cycles and Poincare maps and flows. Reinforcement of concepts using computer analysis.


Students are expected to gain the ability to model the dynamics of systems incorporating mechanic, electrical, magnetic and other forma of energy storage and interaction, with consideration of the consequences of nonlinear behaviour. Computational work will provide the student with a reinforced understanding of advanced dynamics.


Examination (2 hours): 70%
Assignment, laboratory and tutorials: 30%

Contact hours

22 lecture hours, 18 practice class/laboratory hours