Machine Dynamics

Course code MEC2405

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A knowledge of the basic laws of dynamics, vibration and mechanisms are fundamental to the solution of many engineering problems.  This course develops, at an appropriate level, the theoretical and practical methods used in the design of machine elements.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.

What you need to know about this course

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • analyse the kinematics of planar motion of a particle and rigid body;
  • use the free body diagram method to solve simple problems involving the forces particles and rigid bodies and their resulting planar motion;
  • calculate the velocity and acceleration of any point within a simple 2D mechanism;
  • apply the principles of workenergy and impulsemomentum to the analysis of simple bodies in 2D motion;
  • calculate the dynamic forces resulting from rotating outofbalance masses and determine the corrective masses to balance that system;
  • determine the dynamic behaviour of a range of common engineering devices;
  • analyse the vibrational response of simple singledegreeoffreedom
  • systems to determine damped and undamped frequencies, amplitude and the forces transmitted to the system's support.


40% internally assessed

60% exam

For more information and a full list of exam times see our examinations page.