MEC4428 - Advanced dynamics - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Mr Tuncay Alan

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


Focus on advanced kinematics and dynamics with a variety of applications in fluid and solid mechanics, robotics and electromechanical systems. Study of how kinematic constraints are incorporated into forming the governing equations and their relationship with constraint forces. Dynamics incorporating collisions. Using rotating coordinate systems to solve dynamics problems. Two- and three-dimensional rigid body dynamics. Consideration of nonlinearities in the dynamic response of everyday structures. Instruction on advanced topics in analytical dynamics, incorporating D'Alembert's principle, Hamilton's principle and the general Lagrange equations. Reinforcement of concepts through computer analysis using Matlab or Mathematica.


On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Understand and apply linear and angular momentum, and energy, conservation.
  2. Appraise the importance of nonlinear interaction and dynamics in everyday systems and the consequences for their analysis and design.
  3. Combine computational with theoretical analysis techniques to solve advanced problems in dynamics.
  4. Formulate models of dynamic systems using a variety of different approaches based on Newtonian theory and Analytical Dynamics.
  5. Choose analysis methods for systems with nonlinear components or interactions.
  6. Interpret the knowledge provided in the course to model both common and complex mechanical systems.
  7. Be in a position to build on current knowledge for advanced and/or new topics in dynamics.


Continuous assessment: 40%

Final Examination (2 hours): 60%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

One 2-hour lecture, one 3-hour practical class and 7 hours private study per week.

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