Detailed module information
Module information on this degree can be found below, separated by year of study.
The module information below applies for the current academic year. The academic year runs from August to July; the 'current year' switches over at the end of July.
Students select optional courses subject to rules specified in the Mechanical Engineering Student Handbook, for example at most three Design and Business courses. Please note that numbers are limited on some optional courses and selection criteria will apply.
Machine Dynamics and Vibrations A
This module aims to enable students to evaluate the dynamic response requirements of a proposed machine design and to produce workable proposals for its safe and effective operation. It will build on the second year Mechatronics and Solid Mechanics modules, introducing a greater range of examples where the dynamic response of a machine must be controlled and making the link between vibration and fatigue failure. This will involve some new subject matter in the vibration of continuous systems, rotor dynamics, signal processing and control analysis. A key aspect of the module is to demonstrate practical vibration measurements and to compare them to solutions of an idealised system in MATLAB. They will also deal with realistic problems involving the assessment of the fatigue life of structures subject to vibration and static loading. This is a level 6 version of the enhanced level 7 MDV module and students cannot take both for credit towards their final degree.
ECTS = 5
On successfully completing this module, students will be able to:
1. Describe simple mechanical systems as lumped parameter models and derive their equations of motion (EOM);
2. Predict the natural frequencies and mode shapes of multi-degree of freedom (MDOF) vibration systems and of bending, torsion and axial vibration of simple continuous systems such as beams;
3. Explain the importance of avoiding shaft whirl and be able to calculate critical speeds;
4. Explain the significance of vibration loading in generating high cycle fatigue;
5. Predict fatigue life of components by linking their vibration response to alternating stress and using this as input to fatigue calculations;
6. Use MATLAB to obtain solutions to MDOF vibration problems;
7. Use Fourier analysis to convert both single and dual channel time domain measurements in the frequency domain;
Pre-requisites: ME2-hDYN; ME2-hSAN; ME2-hMTX; ME1-hCPT; ME2-hCPT or equivalent.
|Assessment type||Assessment description||Weighting||Pass mark||Must pass?|
|Examination||3 Hour exam||80%||40%||N|