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ME3511 - Dynamics and Acoustics

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Theory of Vibration covers the following topics: lumped parameter (spring-mass-damper) systems free and forced vibration of single and multi-DOF systems. Continuous parameter (distributed) systems vibrations of strings, beams and plates. Acoustics wave propagation in fluids, sound pressure and sound power, noise measurement scales, sound fields and sources. Condition monitoring for predictive maintenance fault detection on some common machinery.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental scientific principles of vibration, acoustics, and machine condition monitoring diagnostics;
  • analyse and solve vibration and acoustics problems in engineering;
  • produce a dynamic model of a machine/structure and demonstrate methods and techniques for noise and vibration control;
  • effectively communicate in written and oral forms to a critical audience;
  • discuss development and research directions within the field of vibration, acoustics, machine condition monitoring and diagnostics.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (10%) - Individual
  • Tutorials 5%, two practical assessments worth 6% each, Literature Review essay 8%, Literature Review presentation 5% - (30%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 2 - (10%) - Individual.
Prerequisites: MA2000 and ME2521


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 25-Mar-2021
Coord/Lect: Dr Rong Situ.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 6 hours practicals
  • 26 hours workshops
  • 4 hours presentations
  • 26 hours online interactive lectures
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.