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Developing programming skills to enhance engineering dynamics modelling


Adair, D and Jaeger, M, Developing programming skills to enhance engineering dynamics modelling, Proceedings of the IETEC'11 Conference, 16-19 Jan. 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, pp. 1-16. ISBN 978-0-646-54982-8 (2011) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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This paper details a successful approach to developing programming skills, central to projects which simulate dynamical systems. The approach here is to include the modelling of nonlinear differential equations which are best solved numerically, so reducing the amount of model simplification and increasing accuracy. The programming language used is Java, which presents an opportunity for high quality simulation models in dynamics. A project which simulates the characteristics of an inverted pendulum, is chosen to illustrate use of the Java programming language. The path taken by students to complete projects is outlined, highlighting necessary skills they must acquire. A detailed description of the modelling of the inverted pendulum is given and the findings of a survey completed by the students are also reported.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Programming, modeling, evaluation, engineering dynamics
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Mechanical engineering
Research Field:Mechanical engineering not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
UTAS Author:Adair, D (Dr Desmond Adair)
UTAS Author:Jaeger, M (Dr Martin Jaeger)
ID Code:76174
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2012-02-29
Last Modified:2017-11-06
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