Engineering Dynamics (AMME2500)


This unit of study aims to teach: Dynamics of Rigid Bodies: Analysis of Planar mechanisms; Kinematics of rigid bodies; Kinetics of rigid bodies. Students will also develop their skills in: how to model and analyse dynamic systems and the application of theory to real systems through practical/laboratory sessions.

At the end of this unit students will have developed skills in modelling and analysing planar mechanisms and rigid body dynamic systems.

Course content will include planar mechanisms, linkages, mobility; instant centres of rotation, Kennedy's theorem; velocity and acceleration polygons; kinematics of rigid bodies, frames of reference, velocity and acceleration, rotating frame of reference, relative velocity and acceleration, gyroscopic acceleration; kinetics of rigid bodies, linear momentum and Euler's first law; angular momentum and Euler's second law; centre of mass; moments of inertia, parallel axis and parallel plane theorems, principal axes and principal moments of inertia, rotation about an axis; impulse and momentum; work and energy, kinetic and potential energies; applications to orbital and gyroscopic motion; introduction to Lagrangian methods.

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Lecture 3 hrs/week; Tutorial 2 hrs/week; Laboratory 3 hrs


Through semester assessment (40%) and Final Exam (60%)


Meriam, J.L. and Kraige, L.G./Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics/6th Edition SI Version/2008/978-0-471-78703-7//

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ENGG1802 and (MATH1001 or MATH1901) and (MATH1002 or MATH1902)

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