Advanced Engineering Analysis introduces students to advanced methods of signal and system analysis in the frequency and the time domain based on experimental data. Enhanced signal analysis techniques in both domains, such as synchronous averaging, digital filtering, spectral averaging, Power Spectral Density are studied. Various spectral estimates, such as Auto- and Cross Spectrum are used to determine the causal relationship between response and excitation of systems in the form of Frequency Response Function (FRF) and its time domain equivalent, the Impulse Response Function. Students apply these techniques to experimental signals for the purpose of machine condition monitoring, validation of modelling and simulation results and for vibration modal analysis of mechanical or civil engineering structures. The concept of Transfer Function is then extended to the study of dynamics of systems - an underlying theory behind modern automatic control systems. Practical aspects of design of stable controllers in various automatic control systems are studied as well as systematic analysis of behaviour of engineering systems, including their automatic control. Students work collaboratively in a project exposing them to generic analytical skills and methods relevant to contemporary engineering practice engaging them in authentic practical applications in the analysis of various generic engineering systems.

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NEM3101 - Engineering Analysis and Modelling

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Identify and perform digital signal processes relevant to mechanical and structural engineering;  
  2. Identify and participate in measurement of Frequency Response Function, other aspects of dual channel analysis techniques of systems and their applications;  
  3. Describe fundamentals of control theory;  
  4. Work effectively as a member and/or leader of a team, and to time manage multiple tasks; and  
  5. Produce technical reports and participate effectively in discussions and debates.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Test (week 5, 1 hour) 10%
Portfolio Comprised of regular minor reports and reflections (written) of the design process and demonstration of the skills developed. (Hurdle) 30%
Examination Final Examination 60%
Students will work in groups of two but prepare individual portfolios. Final Examination is weighted by the average score for group reports. The portfolio is a hurdle assessment as it is the only task that assesses LO 4 and 5.

Required reading

Frequency Analysis
Randall R.B. (1987)
Bruel & Kjaer, Demnark

Modern Control Systems 10th ed.
Dorf R.C. and Bishop R.H, (2004)
Prentice Hall

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