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Diploma in Structural Dynamics for Civil Engineers - SDOF Systems

In this free online course, learn about the modelling and systems analysis involved in Structural Dynamics.

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In this free online course you will learn that structural dynamics is the study of the behavior of structures under dynamic loads. The course covers topics such as vibrations, damping and pulse excitations. You will then explore the differences between static and dynamic analysis and how to model a dynamic system. Enhance your civil engineering knowledge and skills, by studying this comprehensive online course.
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In this free online Structural Dynamics for Civil Engineers course, you will be introduced to the world of structural dynamics, where you will explore the behavior of structures under varying or dynamic loads over time. Calculations, illustrations, discussions, examples and assessment questions in this video-based course, provide you with a comprehensive foundation in the subject.

The course begins by introducing you to the fundamentals of structural dynamics. You will then explore the differences between static and dynamic analysis and how to model a dynamic system. The course also teaches you about undamped free vibrations, damped free vibrations, coulomb damped free vibrations, forced vibrations, and vibrations under periodic forces. You will also learn about energy, damping, responses to arbitrary excitations, responses to pulse excitations and more.

This course will be of interest to students of structural dynamics and civil engineering and those looking to broaden their knowledge and skills in the industry. Start this course today and learn more about structural dynamics for Civil Engineers.

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Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course you will be able to:

  • Differentiate between static analysis and dynamic analysis
  • Explain the elements of a dynamic system and degrees of freedom
  • Discuss undamped free vibrations, simple harmonic motion and amplitude
  • Describe viscously damped free vibrations
  • Summarise coulomb damped free vibrations
  • Explain resonance, force transmission and vibration isolation
  • Outline mass moment of inertia, initial displacement and natural frequency
  • Describe the response of damped systems to periodic force
  • List responses to arbitrary force and ramp force
  • Discuss the response to rectangular pulse excitations and approximate analysis for short pulses


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