Mechanical Vibrations

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Mechanical Vibrations

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Mechanical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Admission to this course is subject to the agreement of the Head of the Discipline offering the course and will depend on the applicant's academic background in the relevant subject area.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Learning Outcomes
    Understand the fundamentals of mechanical vibrations and how mechanical vibrations affect design.
    Develop expressions for and calculate the natural frequencies of components using Newton's second law and energy methods.
    Derive theoretical models for the response of a system undergoing mechanical vibrations for undamped, under-damped, critically damped and over-damped systems.
    Investigate system stability and design components to operate away from natural frequencies.
    Determine the response of a system subjected to harmonically excited vibrations and general forcing conditions.
    Evaluation of the system response to mechanical vibrations using Laplace transforms to derive the response of a system.
    Introduction to multi degree of freedom analysis.
    Implementation of theoretical models for system response in MATLAB.
    Measurement of mechanical vibrations and component natural frequencies.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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