TRC3200 - Dynamical systems - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Chris Davies


Dr Elahe Abdi (Clayton)
Dr Madhavan Shanmugavel (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


TRC2201 and (ENG2092 or ENG2005)




Instruction on the basics of dynamics of mechatronic systems, incorporating electromagnetics into advanced dynamics analysis via D'Lambert's principle, Hamiton's equations and the virtual power (Jourdain/Kane) method. Focus on applications of dynamics in mechatronics, with kinematics and dynamics of robotic structures, magnetoelectromechanical transducers (motors, speakers, vibration sensors, and so on). Consideration of the inevitable and critical consequences of nonlinearities in dynamic response, including limit cycles and Poincar maps and flows. Reinforcement of concepts using computer analysis on simple mechatronic systems.


At the successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Determine dynamic trajectories using kinematic approaches.
  2. Analyse the behaviour of a dynamic system using computational methods.
  3. Appraise the available mathematical approaches to model dynamic systems.
  4. Determine the equations of motion of a dynamic system using a range of fundamental approaches.


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

3 hours lectures, 3 hours laboratory/tutorial classes and six hours of private study per week

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