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ES480 - Dynamic Analysis of Mechanical Systems

  • Module code: ES480
  • Module name: Dynamic Analysis of Mechanical Systems
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Progress in understanding natural mechanical systems and in designing new machines depends upon an ability to model and analyse them by the methods of classical mechanics. Simplified, planar models can adequately predict the behaviour of many practical systems. However, important classes of systems (in e.g. aerospace, automotive, packaging machinery, robotics, biomechanics) require full analysis in 3D and professional engineers working in these fields must be familiar with the more advanced techniques. This module therefore builds directly on ES3C3, which has developed a firm grounding in planar analysis. It introduces students to methods of describing mathematically kinematic and kinetic behaviour in three-dimensional mechanisms. It provides physical insight into their behaviour and shows how the concepts are applied to real systems in applications drawn from a variety of fields including e.g. robotics and biomechanics. At the end of the module students should have a sound understanding of the underlying physical principles and of methods of modelling 3D mechanisms. In particular, they should be able to use either Newtonian or Lagrangian mechanics to predict the forces needed to establish a specified motion or the motion that will arise from a set of specified forces, since these are important steps in the design process.

Principal learning outcomes

"By the end of the module the student should be able to: identify and apply appropriate co-ordinate systems for the modelling of 3D mechanical systems by Newton's or Lagrange's equations; Perform analytic kinematic analysis on 3D mechanisms, appreciating their sensitivity to design parameters and tolerances; Make simplifying approximations to more complex engineering mechanisms to enable efficient analysis with acceptable predictive accuracy; Use either Newtonian mechanics or Lagrangian mechanics to analyse the forces at joints and external forces to move mechanisms in specified ways (3D kinetic analysis); Predict forces and motions of important special cases of general motion such as gyroscopes; Appreciate the application of the methods referred to above to important engineering systems, such as i,c. engines, robots and bio- mechanisms. "

Timetabled teaching activities

Autumn. This module includes 30 hours of lectures. Required self-study: 120 hours

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/eng/eso/modules/year4/es480

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ES480-15)
D (Assessed/examined work) Computer-vased Modelling Assignment 20%
  3 hour examination (Summer) 80%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year) visiting 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • MEng Engineering (H10K) - Year 4
  • MEng Automotive Engineering (H33C) - Year 4
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering (H37D) - Year 4
Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • MEng Engineering (H107) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering with Intercalated Year (H109) - Year 5
  • MEng Engineering (H10C) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering (H10D) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering (H10G) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering (H10L) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering (H10M) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering with Year in Research (H110) - Year 5
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering (H30G) - Year 4
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering (H30H) - Year 4
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering (H30P) - Year 4
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering (H311) - Year 4
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Intercalated Year (H312) - Year 5
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Year in Research (H313) - Year 5
  • MEng Automotive Engineering (H331) - Year 4
  • MEng Automotive Engineering with Intercalated Year (H332) - Year 5
  • MEng Automotive Engineering with Year in Research (H333) - Year 5
  • MEng Automotive Engineering (H33A) - Year 4
  • MEng Automotive Engineering (H33B) - Year 4
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering (H37A) - Year 4
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering (H37B) - Year 4
  • MEng Electronic Engineering (H60C) - Year 4
  • MEng Electronic Engineering (H60D) - Year 4
  • MEng Electronic Engineering (H635) - Year 4
  • MEng Electronic Engineering with Intercalated Year (H636) - Year 5
  • MEng Electronic Engineering with Year in Research (H637) - Year 5
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering (HH37) - Year 4
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering with Intercalated Year (HH38) - Year 5
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering with Year in Research (HH39) - Year 5