Department of Mechanical Engineering

Dynamics and control

The fields of dynamics and control are heavily involved in system modelling and simulation (prediction of behaviour), sensing (gathering of data), computation (analysis of data) and actuation (action taken in response to analysis of data).


Real structures and machines are rarely subjected to constant conditions. External influences such as force, speed, temperature and pressure change with time, and these changes generate a time-dependent (dynamic) response.

This dynamic response of a system is often a key factor in its overall performance. The design of modern, quiet and efficient engineering systems therefore requires a good understanding of dynamic response. Dynamics is the field of engineering concerned with predicting, measuring and analysing this response.

Control engineering concerns the design of automatic systems to control the behaviour of machines and processes. Effective control system design is critical in achieving optimal performance from machines and processes, and is dependent on a good understanding of the dynamics of the system that is to be controlled. There is therefore a natural link between the fields of dynamics and control.

Find out more about the Dynamics and Control Laboratory and Facilities


Courses within the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics Engineering specialisations that are particularly relevant to the fields of dynamics and control systems engineering include:



The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechatronics Engineering degree courses available at The University of Auckland relevant to the fields of Dynamics and Control Systems are:

Part I

  • ENGGEN 121 Engineering Mechanics

Part II

  • MECHENG 222 Dynamics

Part III

  • MECHENG 322 Control Systems
  • MECHENG 325 Dynamics of Fluids and Structures  

Part IV

  • MECHENG 722 Engineering Vibrations
  • MECHENG 724 Multivariable Control Systems
  • MECHENG 726 Acoustics for Engineers

Postgraduate study

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Industrial partners

Our industrial partners and collaborators include:

  • Fisher & Paykel Ltd
  • Compac Sorting Equipment Ltd
  • Groupe d'Acoustique de L'Universite de Sherbrooke (GAUS)
  • Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR), University of Southhampton
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