• Offered by Research School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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System dynamics is the study of the response of engineering systems with changing time. The concepts learned in this unit can be used in a number of engineering disciplines including mechatronics, and in particular robotics, mechanical, electrical, aerospace and marine engineering, manufacturing and biomedical engineering. Many example problems will be given to illustrate the principles of system dynamics. The emphasis of this course will be on multi-particle and rigid body dynamics, electromechanical systems and computer aided design. The topics covered include kinematics , momentum formulation for systems of particles, variational formulation for systems of particles, dynamics of systems containing rigid bodies and dynamics of electrical systems and electromechanical systems containing transducers.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1.  Solve multi-particle and rigid body kinematics problems.
2.  Solve multi-particle and rigid body dynamics problems using the Newton-Euler approach.

3.  Derive the equations of motion of mechanical, electrical and simple electromechanical systems using the Euler-Lagrange approach.
4.  Perform basic system identification of 1-DoF and 2-DoF mechanical oscillators.
5.  Construct computer models of simple electromechanical systems using multi-domain modelling software.

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Indicative Assessment

Problem Sets (5) (30%); Mid-Semester Quizzes (2) (20%); Final Exam (50%)

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A standard workload of approximately 10 hours/week including the following formal contact hours: 30-36 one hour lectures, 6 x 2 hour tutorials, 1 x 3 hour hardware lab, 1 x 3 hour computer lab

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed MATH1014 or MATH1116.

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6 units

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2017 $3852
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2017 $5130
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3348 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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