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Module Descriptor

MECH2006 Dynamics & Control

Alt. Code(s)
Title Dynamics & Control
Level 2
UCL units/ECTS 0.5 / 7.5
Start September
End June
Taught by
Dr Alistair Greig - Control (50%) Module Coordinator
  Dr Stavroula Balabani - Dynamics (50%)


Students considering registering for this course would normally be expected to have completed introductory courses in applied mechanics and engineering mathematics, e.g. MECH1008 and MECH1010.


MECH2007 Modelling and Analysis II preferred (for Laplace Transforms) but not essential.

Course Aims

  • Mathematically model the behaviour of simple mechanical vibrating systems with one or more degrees of freedom.
  • Describe the response of these systems to transient and harmonic excitation.
  • Understand the application of these concepts to system design
  • Manipulate and understand simple classical control systems
  • Appreciate the difference between theoretical models and real systems

Method of Instruction

Lecture presentations, tutorial classes and (two) laboratory classes. This is a predominantly lecture based class.


The course has the following assessment components:

  • Written Examination (3 hours, 75%)
  • Two Laboratories (25%) one for Dynamics (DC1) and one for control (DC2)

To pass this course, students must:

  • Obtain an overall pass mark of 40% for all sections combined

Recommended Reading

  • “Art of control Engineering” (1997). Dutton, K., Thompson, S. and Barraclough, B. Pub: Addison-Wesley ISBN 0-201-17545-2.
  • “Schaum's outline of theory and problems of feedback and control systems” (1990). DiStefano III, J.J., Stubberud, A.R. and Williams I.J. Pub: McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0070170479. M.
  • Plus support material on MECH2006 Moodle page


The application of kinematics and rigid body dynamics to plain mechanisms. Introduction to the linear theory of mechanical vibrations. Introduction to the Concepts of Control Systems modelling and analysis, transfer functions, block diagrams, servo mechanisms and PlD control.

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