Applied Dynamics

Module aims

To introduce students to analysis techniques and design strategies that may be applied in order to assess the effects of extreme dynamic loadings and to design structures to most appropriately mitigate their effects. While the analysis techniques and design philosophies are often applicable to generic extreme loadings, the aim of the module is to focus upon methods most appropriate for seismic analysis and design.

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing this course unit, students will be able to:

  • Recognise the inherent differences that exist among different types of dynamic loading.
  • Understand the analysis options that are available to assess the effects of seismic loadings.
  • Appreciate the fundamental concepts of seismic design philosophies.
  • Understand the role of ductility in accommodating seismic loadings.
  • Understand the key design considerations when attempting to accommodate extreme loadings.
  • Have an appreciation for the behaviour of linear and nonlinear, single- and multi-degree of freedom systems.
  • Understand how the principles of structural dynamics are applied to solve real-world problems.
  • Design simple structures for seismic loading according to Eurocode 8.
  • Recognise how code requirements for structural design are formulated.
  • Have skills in computer-aided assessment of extreme loading effects.
  • Apply mathematical skills to practical situations.
  • Understand the key concepts of generic design philosophies.

Module syllabus

  • Applied Dynamic Analysis: Principles of structural dynamics; structural modelling for dynamics applications; solutions for the equations of motion; response spectrum method; modal analysis; nonlinear time-history analysis.
  • Seismic Loading: Earthquake response spectra; Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis and its presentation in seismic codes; representations of earthquake actions in practice; analysis options for seismic loading.
  • Seismic Design: Seismic design philosophies, principles of capacity design; structural systems for accommodating dynamic lateral loads; introduction to Eurocode 8.

No.

Topic

Staff

01

Dynamic loading & modelling

PS

02

Response of SDOF & MDOF systems

PS

03

Numerical integration schemes and response history analysis

PS

04

Seismic analysis options

PS

05

Introduction to seismic design

AE

06

General seismic design considerations

AE

07

Seismic analysis & loading procedures

AE

08

Seismic design of structures to Eurocode 8

AE

09

Seismic design of structures to Eurocode 8

AE

10

Seismic design of structures to Eurocode 8

AE

Pre-requisites

CI3-339

Teaching methods

A combination of lectures and tutorials.

Assessments

Assessment information will be provided separately.  

Reading list

Module leaders

Dr Peter Stafford