MECH 2002 Kinematics and Kinetics of Machines (WSTC AssocD)

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 700244

Coordinator Abbas Ranjbar Opens in new window

Description In this unit rigid body kinematics is analysed from the freedom-and-constraints point of view and graphical approaches to velocity and acceleration analyses are covered. The unit looks at how one or more particles move in one, two or three dimensions and how forces cause these movements. It also looks at how forces and couples cause the movement of a single rigid body in two and three dimensions. The movement of multi-body mechanisms and gear trains and the geometry of gear teeth and cams are studied.Offerings of alternate units are dependent on there being sufficient student enrolment numbers. If enrolments are low, the College may cancel delivery of the alternate unit.

School Eng, Design & Built Env

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 2 subject

Pre-requisite(s) MATH 1017 AND
ENGR 1019

Equivalent Subjects MECH 2001 - Kinematics and Kinetics of Machines

Restrictions Students must be enrolled at Western Sydney University, The College in 7022 Associate Degree in Engineering

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Interpret the kinematic structure of mechanisms
  2. Identify freedom and constraint in machine
  3. Apply graphical velocity and acceleration analysis techniques to mechanisms
  4. Predict the movement of one or more particles
  5. Predict the movement of a single rigid body and relate its translational and angular displacements, velocities and accelerations
  6. Analyse multi-body mechanisms
  7. Analyse complex gear trains
  8. Analyse gear trains and cam
  9. Take measurements in the real world and use them to verify the theory presented in the lectures

Subject Content

1. Freedom and constraints in mechanisms
2. Velocity and acceleration analysis of mechanisms
3. Particle kinematics
4. Particle kinetics
5. Rigid body kinematics
6. Mechanism kinematics
7. Simple and epicyclic gear trains
8. Involute geometry of gear teeth
9. The geometry of cams


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Lab reports x 2 2 lab reports of 2 hours each 10 N Both (Individual & Group)
Online Quizzes x 5 30 minutes each 30 N Individual
Mid-term test 1 hour 10 N Individual
Final Exam 2 hours 50 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Hibbeler, RC 2013, Mechanics for Engineers ? Dynamics, 13th S1 edition, Pearson

Teaching Periods

2022 Quarter 2

Nirimba Education Precinct


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