Course Title: Apply advanced dynamics principle to engineering problems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: MIET7502

Course Title: Apply advanced dynamics principle to engineering problems

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6069 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Leon Mattatia

Phone (03) 99254668

Nominal Hours: 80

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

It is recommended that learners attempting this unit have the required knowledge and skills as described in:
VBP230 Apply scientific principles to engineering problems; or equivalent.

Course Description

This unit of competency sets out the knowledge and skills required to apply advanced dynamics to solve problems common to all engineering fields. This includes friction, centrifugal force, balancing, mechanical vibrations, impulse, momentum, impact, systems of bodies in motion, and simple, compound and epicyclic gearing.
No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

The unit applies to engineering, manufacturing, and construction environments where the application of advanced scientific principles can provide a solution to engineering problems.
This unit of competency is intended for courses at Advanced Diploma level or higher.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBQU258 Apply advanced dynamic principles to engineering problems


1. Determine the extent of advanced dynamics required for the analysis

Performance Criteria:

1.1 OH&S and environmental requirements for a given work area are obtained and understood.
1.2 Safety hazards which have not previously been identified are documented and risk control measures devised and implemented in consultation with appropriate personnel.
1.3 The engineering problem is determined through requests, design briefs or equivalent and clarified with appropriate personnel.
1.4 Where appropriate expert advice is sought with respect to the engineering problem and according to enterprise procedures.
1.5 Appropriate personnel are consulted to ensure the work is co-ordinated effectively with others involved at the work site.
1.6 Resources and equipment required are identified, obtained and checked as fit for the purpose.


2. Apply advanced dynamics in the analysis or design of a solution

Performance Criteria:

2.1 OH&S requirements for carrying out the work are followed.
2.2 Industry codes, regulations and technical documentation relevant to the engineering problem are interpreted and understood.
2.3 Where appropriate, tables and graphs are used to obtain computational data.
2.4 The appropriate assumptions underlying the engineering problem are made and recorded.
2.5 The most appropriate analytical, computational or design methodology is selected and can be justified.


3. Verify, document and interpret outcomes

Performance Criteria:

3.1 OH&S requirements for completing the work are followed.
3.2 The results of the analysis or design are recorded and documented in accordance with requirements and enterprise procedures.
3.3 Where appropriate, results are graphed and/or charted and interpreted.
3.4 If required, a formal report to present outcomes is prepared according to enterprise procedures

Learning Outcomes


1. Determine the extent of advanced dynamics required for the analysis

2. Apply advanced dynamics in the analysis or design of a solution

3. Verify, document and interpret outcomes


Required skills:
• interpreting industry codes, regulations and technical documentation;
• recognising the underlying dynamic principles to solve engineering problems;
• selecting the most appropriate computational method to analyse and solve the mechanical engineering problem;
• applying advanced dynamics to engineering problems;
• quoting and recording assumptions made in the solution;
• presenting results in graphs, charts and tables to requirements;
• writing technical reports;
• working with others in a team;
• adapt to changes in work.

Required knowledge:
• friction
• centrifugal force
• balancing
• mechanical vibrations
• impulse, momentum and impact
• systems of bodies in motion
• gearing

Details of Learning Activities

The learning activities in this course are designed to equip students with knowledge and skills in applying the principles of dynamics to specific items of machinery enabling the calculation of essenial parameters used for design.

The course will be using a combination of lectures, reading tasks, practical work and mainly tutorials/assignments to achieve these objectives.

Readings: Students may be required to read relevant section(s) of the recommended references/class notes prior to the next class.

Tutorial work & Practical Assignments challenge the students and ensure that participants apply and deepen the theoretical knowledge covered in lectures.


Teaching Schedule


SESSION  2     FRICTION CLUTCHES (Multi-Plate or DISC TYPE and CONE  TYPE) - Use of Uniform Pressure & Uniform Wear assumptions to calculate Axial Loads, Torque & Power.

SESSION  3     POWER SCREWS - Calculation of Torque & Power required to drive a Mechanical Screw based on Helix Angle, Friction Co-efficient, No. of Thread starts & Pitch, and Applied Load.

SESSION  4     BALANCING OF ROTATING MASSES (SINGLE  PLANE) - Static/Dynamic Balance based on Centrifugal Forces produced by each rotating mass.

SESSION  5      BALANCING OF ROTATING MASSES (MULTI - PLANE)- Static/Dynamic Balance based on Centrifugal Forces & Moments produced by each rotating mass.

SESSION  6      MECHANICAL VIBRATION  (FREE UNDAMPED VIBRATION) - Analysis of Undamped Harmonic motion (Amplitude, Period, Frequency, Displacement, Velocity & Acceleration of vibrating systems). 

SESSION  7    MECHANICAL VIBRATION  (FORCED  VIBRATION) - Calculation of Amplitude of Forced Vibration; Concept of Resonance & Transmissibilty of Forces in Undamped vibrating systems.

SESSION  8    REVISION & Tutorial

SESSION  9     UNIT TEST  No.  1   (Major assignment No. 1 Due)

SESSION  10    TORSIONAL VIBRATION - Analysis of Undamped Oscillating Shaft - Flywheel systems (Calculation Amplitude, Period, Frequency)

SESSION  11    VELOCITY DIAGRAMS FOR LINKED MECHANISMS - Graphical Technique for evaluation of Linear & Angular Velocities in Mechanisms

SESSION  12     VELOCITY DIAGRAMS FOR LINKED MECHANISMS - Graphical Technique for evaluation of Linear & Angular Velocities in Mechanisms  (cont’d).

SESSION  13     ACCELERATION DIAGRAMS FOR LINKED MECHANISMS - Graphical Technique for evaluation of Linear & Angular Accelerations in Mechanisms

SESSION  14     ACCELERATION DIAGRAMS FOR LINKED MECHANISMS - Graphical Technique for evaluation of Linear & Angular Accelerations in Mechanisms (cont’d). 

SESSION  15     BALANCING OF RECIPROCATING MASSES - Dynamic Harmonic Balancing of  reciprocating masses in "In-Line" and "Vee" configuration cylinder banks.

SESSION  16     BALANCING OF RECIPROCATING MASSES - Dynamic Harmonic Balancing of reciprocating masses in "In-Line" and "Vee" configuration cylinder banks. (cont’d).

SESSION  17     GEARED SYSTEMS - Defintion of Gear terms, Spur & Helical, Calculation of Gear Ratios & Torques on Simple, Compund & Epicyclic Gear Trains

SESSION  18     REVISION / UNIT TEST No. 2 (Major assignment No. 2 Due)

(NOTE: Session(s) may be added if required & order of sessions may vary)

Students must allocate at least 14 hours for independent study and research

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts




Other Resources

Teacher’s notes, Blackboard, S Drive & Web References

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

Evidence of student’s competence can be gathered through a variety of ways including:
• observation of processes and procedures;
• oral and/or written questioning on required knowledge and skills;
• testimony from supervisors, colleagues, clients and/or other appropriate persons;
• inspection of the final product or outcome;
• a portfolio of documentary evidence.

Graded Assessment out of 100 Marks will be based on the results obtained for Assignments, Practical Reports & Unit Tests.
Students must gain a pass in ALL forms of assessment in order to gain this competency.

Assessment Tasks

The assessment is conducted according to the performance criteria set
in the National Training Package. The students are required to undertake summative assessments that bring together knowledge
and skills.

To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment tasks detailed
under Assessment Task Section.

1. Assignment - 40%

2. Unit test one - 30%

3. Unit test two - 30%

Assessment Matrix

Assignment       Elements 1 - 3          

Unit test one      Elements  1 - 3         

Unit test two      Elements  1 - 3         

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The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within
no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

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Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days
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