Dynamics of Machines - EENG5180

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 5 15 (7.5) Amirhosein Sakhaei checkmark-circle


- kinematics and kinetics of particles; dynamic equations of motion for rigid bodies in two dimensions;
- equations of motion for rigid bodies in three dimensions; response of linear systems to general loading, damping, force transmission;
- two degree of freedom systems: Gears (Spur, Helical, Bevel and Worm Gears); Vibration of discrete and continuous systems, Vibration of continuous systems; crash


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 34
Private study hours: 116
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Exam, 2 hours (70%)
3 x Homework, (1-2 page at 5% each) (15%)
Presentation (15%) [15 min individual presentation]

Indicative reading

Kinematics, Dynamics, and Design of Machinery; Kenneth J. Waldron, Gary L. Kinzel, Sunil K. Agrawal, Wiley, 2016
Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery; Robert L. Norton, McGraw Hill, 2009

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will have knowledge and understanding of:
1. kinematics and kinetics of rigid bodies
2. dynamic equations of motion for rigid bodies in 2D and 3D
3. analysis of static and dynamic forces of mechanisms
4. vibration theory with its applications to engineering problems


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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