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DYNAMICS

Analysis techniques for dynamic analysis and excitation modelling of Civil Engineering structures

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Fundamentals of Engineering Structural Dynamics with Python

Leverage fundamental structural dynamics to build your own flexible numerical solutions in Python.

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After completing this course…

  • You’ll understand how to model dynamic behaviour using spring-mass-damper models and how to simulate free vibration behaviour.
  • You’ll be able to model the influence of harmonic loading and how to characterise the transient and steady-state responses.
  • You’ll be able to use Python to implement the Piecewise Exact Method to model any form of general dynamic loading.

TUTORIALS

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Dr Seán Carroll

Understanding Structural Dynamics and Inertia

By the end of this post you’ll understand when and why a dynamic analysis is performed instead of a (usually more straightforward) static analysis. Although we typically encounter static loading, dynamic loads occur with sufficient frequency that we need to understand how to assess their influence on a structure. Typical forms of dynamic loading can include loading due to earthquakes, wind, vehicle or pedestrian traffic or wave loading on coastal or offshore structures.

Fundamentals of Engineering Structural Dynamics with Python

Leverage fundamental structural dynamics to build your own flexible numerical solutions in Python

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This course has two simple objectives:

  • To help you build a solid understanding of the core concepts in structural dynamics
  • To equip you with some practical tools you can deploy to analyse real world dynamic structural behaviour

Structural dynamics is a topic that often intimidates students and practising engineers. This can be a big problem because not having a good grounding in dynamics, means you can’t confidently simulate, understand and ultimately design for dynamic behaviour. From bridges, to skyscrapers, as engineers, we need to be confident modelling the impact of dynamic loads on our structures. If you’ve tended to shy away from dynamics or found it confusing and intimidating, this course is for you.

The course is divided into 4 sections

  1. A discussion of static versus dynamic behaviour
  2. Analysis of free vibration of single degree of freedom systems
  3. Harmonic excitation of single degree of freedom systems
  4. Simulation of dynamic response to general dynamic loading using the Piecewise exact numerical solution technique (the best part of the course!)

We’ll make use of Python throughout the course, but more so towards the second half. This is a hands on, learn by doing course – so there are no dry Python-only lectures, if you’re not familiar with Python – no problem, you’re going to learn what you need as we go…the same way most people learn to programme! This isn’t a ‘Learn Python’ course but you will learn the Python you need, along the way.