Structural Dynamics (CIVL5268)

UNIT OF STUDY

Objectives:
This Unit introduces the fundamental concepts and theory of dynamic analysis. In a first step, free vibrations are studied and the problem of determining the natural frequency of a system is addressed. This is followed by the study of harmonically excited vibrations. While initially systems with a single degree of freedom (SDOF) are considered, the theory is generalized to cover multi-degree of freedom systems. The theory is applied to explain how structures are designed against earthquake actions with specific reference to PartsĀ 4 of the Australian loading standard AS1170 for determining earthquake loads.
Outcomes:
This Unit will provide students with the following knowledge and skills:
* Understanding of the fundamental concepts and definitions used in structural dynamics
* Ability to calculate the natural frequency of a system using equilibrium or energy methods
* Ability to determine the effect of viscous damping on the response of a freely vibrating system
* Ability to determine the response of a system to a harmonic excitation
* Ability to apply AS1170 Part 4 in structural design against earthquake actions
* Understanding of the fundamental concepts of earthquake engineering

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Further unit of study information

Classes

Lecture 2 hrs/week; Tutorial 1 hr/week.

Assessment

Through semester assessment (65%) Final Exam (35%)

Faculty/department permission required?

No

Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Students are assumed to have a good knowledge of fundamental structural analysis, which is covered in the courses of Structural Mechanics, Introduction to Structural Concepts and Design, Structural Analysis, and Finite Element Analysis.

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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

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If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.