This Unit of Study addresses a range of modern and sophisticated techniques for analysing random data and processes that are pertinent to engineering. With increasing reliance on the monitoring of systems and machines as well as intensive measurement of environmental process related to engineering systems, a thorough appreciation of the various techniques available to analyse the data is essential for Mechanical Engineers. Application examples include: Atmospheric processes (temperature humidity and wind), ocean waves, seismic motion, road surfaces and structures, vehicle vibrations, acoustics, rotating and reciprocating machines, biomedical applications and many more. Students will be introduced to various techniques for dealing with dynamic processes focussing on random / non-deterministic processes. These include, statistical distributions, moving statistics, Frequency analysis (including Fourier Analysis and the Fourier Transform, Frequency Response Functions), digital sampling and filters and the Laplace Transform.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
Students will work in groups of two but prepare individual portfolios.
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This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):