MECH ENG 7030 - Advanced Vibrations

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023

Students will be introduced to the vibrations of complex systems including multi-degree-of-freedom and continuous systems. System modelling via the use of energy analysis and its application to complex vibrating systems will be discussed. The fundamentals of vibrations of continuous systems such as strings, beams and plates will be explained. Nonlinearities in vibration behaviour of mechanical systems will be analysed and the fundamentals of flow-induced vibrations and dynamics of Micro- Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) will be explained.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MECH ENG 7030
    Course Advanced Vibrations
    Coordinating Unit School of Mechanical Engineering
    Term Semester 2
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


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    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

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  • 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
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  • Assessment

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    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome Hurdle criteria
    Course project(s)






    65% Minimum mark 26/65
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    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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    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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