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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2017 - 2018

Module Title Mechanics of Machines 1
Module Code MM203
School School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

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Module Co-ordinatorDr Paul YoungOffice NumberS374
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this module is to build on the elements of the kinematics and kinetics of particles learned in EM101 and EM102, and to introduce the students to the fundamentals of the kinematics and kinetics of systems of particles and rigid bodies.

Learning Outcomes

1. Solve kinematics and kinetics problems involving relative motion of particles and rigid bodies and analyse the velocities and accelerations of planar mechanisms
2. Use work-energy and impulse-momentum methods to solve kinetics problems involving particles and rigid bodies
3. Calculate the forces and moments arising from a specified motion and the forces and moments required to produce a specified motion
4. Calculate the accelerations associated with the motion of systems of particles
5. Determine the effects of forces & torques on planar systems, including the effects of rolling and sliding contact between bodies
6. Determine the power transmission and speed characteristics of simple & compound fixed centre and epicyclic gears
7. Report practical results in a coherent and logical manner

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Tutorial12No Description
Laboratory153 x Practical lab session 2 hours in lab + 3 hrs reporting
Independent Study24Weekly practice solving tutorial questions
Assignment Completion6Single Assignment set in week 10
Independent Study44Preparation for exam
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Motion of particles and fixed points on rigid bodies - relative motion of particles - sparation of translation and rotation of rigid bodies - relative velocity and acceleration analysis of the motion of planar mechanisms - absolute motion analysis of planar mechanisms - kinematics of rolling and sliding contact - kinematics of spur and epicyclic gear trains

Relative kinetics of particles - work-energy and impulse-momentum methods for particles and rigid bodies - impact of particles - systems of particles - spur gears - general motion of rigid bodies - rolling

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment20% Examination Weight80%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • Merriam J.L, Kraige L.G.: 2007, Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics, 6th, Wiley,
  • Lee. S.: 2008, An Introduction to Mathematics for Engineers : Mechanics, Hodder,
Other Resources

22594, Website, 0, MM203 Website, http://webpages.dcu.ie/~kennedal/mm203.htm,
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