The primary objective of this course is to provide an understanding of the machine-prime mover interaction through formulation and solution of equation of motion of a single degree-of-freedom machine. The course further aims to present some of the fundemental machine dynamics problems, such as balancing of rotating and inertia variant machines with particular emphasis on reciprocating engines, effects of friction in force transmission and friction lock, and dynamics of cam-follower systems. More specifically;

COURSE OBJECTIVE 1: At the end of the course, the students will have acquired a through understanding of the application potential and limitations of the forward dynamic simulation in the process of mechanical design, and will be able to judge how it will complement the inverse dynamic analysis approach handled in compulsory course ME 301 in the curriculum.

COURSE OBJECTIVE 2: At the end of the course, the students will understand the dynamic interaction between the machine and the prime mover, in particular the AC electric motor.

COURSE OBJECTIVE 3: At the end of the course, the students will have learned some additional considerations needed in order to proceed with the strength and rigidity calculations, upon rigid body dynamic analysis of a machine.

COURSE OBJECTIVE 4: At the end of the course, the students will appreciate the role of balancing in eliminating or reducing vibrations, and will acquire knowledge on the balancing of rotating machines, as well as multi-cylinder engines.