EGR 352 - Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery Syllabus


Academic Unit: Padnos School of Engineering


Semester: Winter 1999


Class Times: 2:40-3:55pm - Mon, Wed, Fri in 611EC

Description: The kinematics of machines are analyzed explicitly and approximately

using computer based mathematical techniques. Topics covered include

planar mechanisms, positions, velocities, accelerations, spatial

mechanisms, cams, gears, planar dynamics and spatial dynamics.


Prerequisites: EGR 312, MTH 302


Instructor: Dr. John Farris

office: EC 618

office hours: 4-5pm - Mon, Wed, Fri

phone: (616) 336-7267




Textbook: Erdman, A.G., Sandor, G.N., Mechanism Design; Analysis and Synthesis,

Vol. 1, 3rd Edition, Prentice Hall, 1997.

Jack, H. EGR 352 Course Notes, GVSU.


Computer Access: The student is expected to be able to use the following software packages.

Working Model, version 4

MathCAD version 7

AutoCAD version 14

Netscape Communicator



Suitable hardware and software are available in EC 616.


Objectives: a) To give students a clear understanding of the inner nature of

mechanisms and machinery.

b) To stimulate students innovation and creativity in designing

mechanisms and mechanical systems.

c) To make use of modern computer based design tools


Instruction Methods: Lectures, projects and discussions.


Tentative Schedule:


Date Topic # Book Topic

01/11 1 Chapter 1 Course introduction, design and definitions

2 Basic mechanism types and diagrams

3 Grashofs equation and degrees of freedom

1/18 4 Chapter 2 Design and mechanisms

5 Chapter 3 Review of applicable mathematics

6 Position notations and equations

1/25 7 Position analysis of mechanisms

8 Mechanism Paths

9 Introduction to velocity

2/1 10 Instantaneous centers

11 Chapter 8 Design of mechanisms

12 Mechanisms synthesis

2/8 13 Two and three position design


02/15 14 Chapter 4 Introduction to acceleration

15 Calculation of accelerations

16 Chapter 5 Statics of mechanisms

2/22 17 Planar dynamics

18 Dynamics of mechanisms

19 Chapter 6 Cam types and applications

3/1 20 Motion profiles

21 Cam design


03/15 22 Chapter 7 Gears

23 Involute tooth profile

24 Design of spur gears

3/22 25 Helical gears

26 Bevel gears

27 Worm gears

3/29 28 Planetary gears

29 Supplement Matrix based analysis of spatial mechanisms

4/5 30 Inverse kinematics

31 Jacobian matrix

32 Supplement Kinematics and dynamics of internal combustion engines

04/12 Project Work

04/26 Presentations



Grading: Tests 30%

Assignments 15%

Professional Participation 10%

Final Project 20%

Final Exam 25%


Tests and assignments will be given at natural points during the term as new

material is covered. Students will be expected to participate on a professional

level during the course, and so individual work will be assigned at times, with

expectation that it will be presented to the students/peers during lecture times.

A final project, involving construction, will be assigned and tested later in the

term. Marks will be some combination of performance and report. A final

examination will be given to conclude the work, and test the students global

comprehension of the material.



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