Mechanical Dynamics (518H3)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

Topics include:

  • state space modelling of dynamic systems
  • self-excited vibration and instability
  • various non-linear phenomena
  • applications of the Finite-Element Method in dynamics
  • the Rayleigh-Ritz method
  • linear model reduction techniques
  • MDOF models of linear damping
  • the effect of damping on natural frequencies and mode shapes
  • forced vibration of general linear MDOF systems: time and frequency domain analysis, solution via DFT
  • review of probability theory and the normal distribution
  • introduction to stochastic processes, correlation functions, and power spectral densities
  • random vibration analysis of linear dynamic systems
  • international standards on machine vibration levels.


100%: Lecture


20%: Coursework (Report)
80%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 30 hours of contact time and 120 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.