Mechanics & Dynamics of Machines


This module presents the theory of machines and mechanisms such as cams and gears. It also introduces the student to free and forced vibrating single degree of freedom systems.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Recognise standard machine components, recall their associated nomenclature and explain their function.

  2. Design parallel, crossed axis and epicyclic gear trains for specific applications.

  3. Design a cam-follower system.

  4. Apply equations of harmonic motion to vibration of undamped and damped single degree of freedom systems.

  5. Calculate the gear speeds, power transmitted, and geometric characteristics of simple and compound gear trains.

% Coursework 30%
% Final Exam 70%