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.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 120 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: