1 x 3-hour lecture weekly
1 x 2-hour tutorial weekly
4 x 2-hour practicals per semester
1 1 of ENGR1732, PHYS1101, PHYS1102, PHYS1332, PHYS1601, PHYS1602
2 MATH1121 - Mathematics 1A
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2)
Enrolment not permitted
ENGR9801 has been successfully completed
Topic description
Mechanics of Machines

  1. Mechanisms and kinematics
  2. Position and displacement analysis
  3. Mechanism design
  4. Motion analysis in machinery
  5. Instantaneous centre of rotation (graphical and analytical)
  6. Velocity and acceleration analyses of mechanisms
  7. Cams: design and kinematic analysis, the Geneva mechanism
  8. Gears: kinematic analysis and selection
  9. Belt and chain drives
  10. Screw mechanisms


  1. Introduction to Mechanical Vibrations
  2. Underdamped Free Vibrations
  3. Damped Vibrations
Educational aims
To give students an understanding of machine kinematics, dynamics and vibration, and to introduce students to the machine/mechanism design process.
Expected learning outcomes
At the completion of this topic, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Analyse and design mechanisms
  2. Understand and analyse motion analysis in machinery
  3. Calculate and identify instantaneous centres of rotation of machines
  4. Calculate the velocity and acceleration of mechanisms
  5. Understand, analyse and design cam systems
  6. Understand analyse, and design geared systems
  7. Understand, analyse and design belt and chain drives
  8. Understand, analyse and design screw mechanisms
  9. Understand and analyse single and multi-degree of freedom systems
  10. Demonstrate understanding of the design of vibration absorbers
  11. Understand and analyse Distributed Parameter Systems
  12. Demonstrate understanding of vibration testing and modal analysis