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Unit Overview


The topics covered in this unit included motion and force in solid mechanics, lumped parameter mechanical elements, undamped/damped free vibration, forced vibrations with harmonic, periodic and transient excitations; basics of vibration isolation, vibration measurement instrumentation, vibration signal processing and its applications, passive noise and vibration control measures; two degree of freedom systems, multiple degree of freedom systems; vibration of systems with distributed parameters (strings, rods, beams and plates); wave motions in structures, air and water, modal, receptance and energy description of these mechanical vibration and waves.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) explain the important characteristics of vibration behaviour; (2) develop vibration models using receptances, momentum and energy methods; (3) analyse the vibration behaviour of a range of physical systems using lumped and distributed parameter models; (4) explain the important characteristics of sound generation and transmission; (5) develop simple models to analyse sound generation and transmission; (6) carry out vibration and sound measurements in a laboratory setting; (7) locate and evaluate literature relevant to the unit content; (8) work effectively in a diverse team to achieve professional outcomes; and (9) communicate effectively through concise written technical reports, using discourse conventions relevant to the discipline.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) laboratories; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Winthrop Professor Jie Pan
Unit rules
Enrolment in 62550 Master of Professional Engineering
Mechanical Engineering specialisation
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics
and MECH2004 Engineering Dynamics
Advisable prior study
ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics (ID 7437) MECH2004 Engineering Dynamics (ID 8062)
Contact hours
lectures/practical classes

Lecture notes: Pan, J. Dynamics, Vibration and Sound: UWA School of Mechanical Engineering

Norton, M. P. Fundamentals of Noise and Vibration Analysis for Engineers: CUP 1996

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