CIVL5501 Structural Dynamics

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
The objective of this unit is to provide an introduction to dynamic structural response analysis of single degree of freedom (SDOF) and multiple degree of freedom (MDOF) structures to earthquake, blast, wave and man-made dynamic loads. Topics include the free-vibration analysis; vibration frequency and mode shape; damping of structures; harmonic, periodic and arbitrary dynamic loads; estimation of blast, earthquake, wave and man-made dynamic loads on structures; design of structures against these dynamic loads; discussions of the Australian Seismic Loading Code (AS1170.4 2007); discussions on blast-resistant design according to TM5-1300, P-I curve, and man-made (traffic, blasting, soil compacting and pile-driving) ground vibrations and their effects on structures. Students are expected to develop the ability to apply knowledge of fundamental theory of structural dynamics to dynamic structural response analysis and design; achieve technical competence and practical skills in structural dynamics; and undertake problem identification, formulation and solution.
Students are able to (1) work effectively in teams; (2) communicate effectively in written technical reports; (3) communicate effectively in an oral presentation; (4) discuss the evolution of the discipline including its history, philosophy and theorising (theories, analysis and evolution of design practice); (5) apply creative thinking and approaches; (6) discuss new developments in the discipline, carry out independent search and evaluate relevant information; (7) demonstrate critical thinking and information literacy; (8) utilise skills in problem identification, formulation and solution; (9) idealise a real structure to a SDOF or a MDOF system; (10) determine the vibration frequencies, mode shapes and damping, and perform modal decomposition and superposition analysis; (11) solve dynamic structural response to harmonic, impulsive and arbitrary loads; (12) design isolation systems to mitigate vibrations; (13) estimate blast, earthquake and wave loads; and (14) analyse and design structures to resist blast and earthquake loads.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) quizzes; and (3) presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Winthrop Professor Arcady Dyskin
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (MPE) (Civil Engineering specialisation); for pre-2012 courses: CIVL3110 Structural Analysis
ENSC3008 Structural Analysis
Advisable prior study:
ENSC3004 Solid Mechanics
CIVL4110 Structural Dynamics
Contact hours
lectures: 39 hours; practical classes: 26 hours
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