Vibration 4 ENG4137

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course aims to introduce students to the theoretical and experimental basis for the modelling of multiple degree-of-freedom vibrating systems.  The course develops understanding of lumped parameter and continuous system vibration, introduces the field of acoustics, and develops student skills in the theory and practice of experimental vibration analysis.


4 lectures per week

5 hours of tutorials spread through semester

2 afternoons of laboratory work

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements


Recommended Entry Requirements


Excluded Courses

Vibration ENG5090




75% Written Exam

25% Report: report on laboratory assignment

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


It is not practicable to offer reassessment in any aspect of this course that requires practical or group work.

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ provide students with a solid grounding in the fundamentals of theoretical and experimental vibration analysis for the modelling and interpretation of the vibration behaviour of multiple degree-of-freedom systems;

■ introduce the field of acoustics.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ model and analyse simple multiple degree-of-freedom lumped mass systems;

■ model and analyse continuous systems such as rods and beams;

■ describe the theoretical principles of experimental modal analysis;

■ use experimental modal analysis techniques to estimate the vibration behaviour of simple structures;

■ use finite element analysis for modelling structural vibration;

■ describe the fundamental principles of acoustics in engineering applications.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must attend the degree examination and submit at least 75% by weight of the other components of the course's summative assessment.


Students must attend the timetabled laboratory classes.