Advanced Engineering Dynamics

1st Edition

Authors: H. Harrison T. Nettleton
Print ISBN: 9780340645710
eBook ISBN: 9780080523354
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 1st August 1997
Page Count: 320
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'Advanced Engineering Dynamics' bridges the gap between elementary dynamics and advanced specialist applications in engineering.

It begins with a reappraisal of Newtonian principles before expanding into analytical dynamics typified by the methods of Lagrange and by Hamilton's Principle and rigid body dynamics. Four distinct vehicle types (satellites, rockets, aircraft and cars) are examined highlighting different aspects of dynamics in each case. Emphasis is placed on impact and one dimensional wave propagation before extending the study into three dimensions. Robotics is then looked at in detail, forging a link between conventional dynamics and the highly specialised and distinctive approach used in robotics. The text finishes with an excursion into the Special Theory of Relativity mainly to define the boundaries of Newtonian Dynamics but also to re-appraise the fundamental definitions. Through its examination of specialist applications highlighting the many different aspects of dynamics this text provides an excellent insight into advanced systems without restricting itself to a particular discipline. The result is essential reading for all those requiring a general understanding of the more advanced aspects of engineering dynamics.


Senior undergraduates and graduates in mechanical and manufacturing engineering. Graduate engineers of all disciplines required to expand their knowledge of dynamics.

Table of Contents

Newtonian mechanics Lagrange's equations Hamilton's principle Rigid body motion in three dimensions Dynamics of vehicles Impact and one dimensional wave propagation Waves in a three dimensional elastic solid Robot arm dynamics Relativity Problems Appendix 1 - vectors, tensors and matrics Appendix 2 - analytical dynamics Appendix 3 - curvilinear co-ordinate systems Bibliography Index.


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About the Author

H. Harrison

T. Nettleton

Affiliations and Expertise

Both formerly of the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics, City University, London, UK


... essential reading for all those requiring a general understanding of the more advanced aspects of engineering dynamics.,Executive Engineer,