MECH ENG 7030 - Advanced Vibrations

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019

Students will be introduced to advanced multi-degree of freedom system analysis techniques for vibroacoustic systems, including modal analysis, statistical energy analysis and finite element analysis. Introduction to mechanical signature analysis; vibration measurement and instrumentation; signal processing and analysis; filtering; frequency domain analysis; vibration monitoring; introduction to condition monitoring and fault diagnosis.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MECH ENG 7030
    Course Advanced Vibrations
    Coordinating Unit School of Mechanical Engineering
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge MECH ENG 3028, in particular an understanding of the principles of vibrations, including the influence of mass, stiffness and damping; an understanding of the concepts of vibration modes and natural frequencies; and familiarity with Matlab.
    Assessment Assignments, Laboratory Experiment, Final Exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Mergen Ghayesh

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Explain the principles of vibrations;
    2 Define and describe the concepts of vibration modes and natural frequencies and their measurement and estimation for multi-degree-of-freedom systems;
    3 Explain System Modelling via use of Energy Analysis and its application to complex vibrating systems;
    4 Explain vibration analysis concepts and experimental techniques including modal analysis;
    5 Recognise the use of different numerical techniques and its application to vibration design;
    6 Explain the fundamentals of flow-induced vibrations;
    7 Explain the behaviour of a mechanical system, by analysing nonlinearities in vibration behaviour;
    8 Analyse the vibration behaviour of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) for performance enhancement purposes
    9 Axplain the fundamentals of vibrations of continuous systems such as beams and plates
    10 Critically review the literature including patents and synthesise the information with calculations to assess the feasibility of technology concepts.

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1   1.2   1.3   1.4   1.5   2.1   2.2   3.2   3.3   3.4   3.5   3.6   

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Course notes – these are essential and required.

    Recommended Resources

    1. Inman, Daniel J., Engineering Vibration, Prentice Hall, Second Edition, 2001.

    2. Leonard Meirovitch, Fundamentals of Vibrations, McGrawHill, (any edition)

    3. Jon J. Thomsen, Vibrations and Stability, Springer, Second Edition, 2003

    4. Mohammad I. Younis, MEMS Linear and Nonlinear Statics and Dynamics, Springer, First Edition, 2010

    5. Ewins, D.J., Modal Testing: Theory, Practice and Application, Second Edition, Research Studies Press, 2000.

    Online Learning

    Lectures complemented by online resources available on MyUni, including lecture recordings.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    Lectures supported by problem-solving tutorials and practicals developing material covered in lectures.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The required time commitment is 48 hours attendance at lectures, 48 hours of revising course material and project, 48 hours completing assignments, 6 hours of laboratory classes, and 12 hours preparing and completing practical reports.
    Learning Activities Summary

    modal analysis (5 lectures + 1 tutorial)

    system modelling via use of energy analysis (9 lectures + 1 tutorial)

    use of vibration and principles of design of vibration equipment (1 lecture)

    flow-induced vibrations; frequency domain analysis; and vibration behaviour of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS)(14 lectures + 2 tutorials)

    vibrations of continuous systems such as beams and plates (2 lectures)

    numerical techniques in vibration analysis (5 lectures)

    course project regarding application of a technology relating to Advanced Vibrations (equivalent to 8 lectures)
    Specific Course Requirements


  • Assessment

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    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Course Project(s) 25 Individual/Group Formative/Summative Weeks 12 1. 2. 4. 5. 6. 7. 9. 10.
    Open book final exam 60 Individual Summative Week 15 Min 40% 1. 2. 3. 6. 7. 8. 9.
    Assignment 15 Individual Formative Weeks 6 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 8. 9. 10.
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
    This course has a hurdle requirement. Meeting the specified hurdle criteria is a requirement for passing the course.
    Assessment Related Requirements

    Note that the laboratory experiment is compulsory and it is a requirement to pass the laboratory experiment to pass the course.

    Assessment Detail

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    All assignments must be submitted as instructed, either in the digital drop box in MyUni or as a hard copy placed in the labelled box adjacent on level 2, Engineering South. Any assignments submitted as a hard copy must be accompanied by an assessment cover sheet available on shelf beside submission box. Late assignments will be penalised 10% per day. Extensions for assignments will only be given in exceptional circumstances and a case for this with supporting documentation can be made in writing after a lecture or via email to the lecturer. Hard copy assignments will be assessed and returned in 3 weeks of the due date. There will be no opportunities for re-submission of work of unacceptable standard. Due to the large size of the class feedback on assignments will be limited to in-class discussion resulting from questions from students.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

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