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Mechanical Engineering (M E)

M E 380 Machine Dynamics (3) Kinematic analysis of mechanisms such as linkages, flywheels, cams and gears. Dynamic forces and vibrations of mechanisms.

M E 380 Machine Dynamics (3)

In this course students learn how to apply the techniques of dynamics to analyze both the motion and forces associated with planar mechanisms. Students learn how to model and solve for the position, velocity, acceleration and forces on linkages using vectors. They also study the kinematics of gears, flywheels and cams. Machine vibrations is introduced as an integral part of Machine Dynamics. Students learn how to model simple mechanical systems as vibrating systems and then analyze the vibratory response of these systems. Once these analytical skills have been developed, the students can apply these skills to the design of linkages, internal combustion engines, gears, shafts and cams. Several in-class exams are used to evaluate students' performance. Computer problems are assigned so students can experience the solution methods to some of the more complex problems. This required course integrates material from calculus and dynamics to provide the student with tools that can be used to analyze the motion of machinery and can be used in the design of machinery and machine components. It is offered annually in the Fall semester and occasionally in the Spring semester.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2009
Prerequisite: E MCH 212, MATH 251

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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