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Course Overview

Need for understanding structural dynamics in modern offshore engineering and beyond arises from the fact that structures are often subjected to dynamic loads such as waves, wind, earthquake, blast and impacts. The structural engineer must therefore be able to understand and quantify dynamic loads and their effects in design and analysis. This course explains structural dynamics starting from the underlying first principles, through more advanced concepts and methods (including analytical and numerical), to practical applications to offshore structures. Theoretical concepts are illustrated by worked examples and numerous tutorial problems and assignments will enable students to gain confidence in their use.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Online Sustained Study No
  • Dr Piotr Omenzetter

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course is delivered in 5 major blocks as follows:

1. Rigid body dynamics

2. Single and multiple degree of freedom systems

3. Transient and environmental dynamic loads

4. Vibrations of distributed systems

5. Rayleigh-Ritz method

This course is delivered online, where the students will access the teaching content via the web in the 5 blocks at approximately 2 week intervals for self-directed study.

The course tutor will have scheduled times to answer queries on the on-line forum.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Three coursework assignments (10%, 20% and 30%) and one two hour exam (40%).

Re-sit – The re-sit will comprise of re-doing the failed element/s (exam and/or coursework assessment/s) from the 1st attempt with a maximum CGS mark of D3. The marks for other elements (successfully passed) will be carried over. Resit mark of either RP or RF will be recorded..


Formative Assessment

Three coursework assignments (10%, 20% and 30%).


Model answers for coursework (with highlights/commentaries on typical problems and how to overcome them) and the mock exams will be available on MyAberdeen to give students the chance to self-assess their own performance. Students will also receive individual written feedback on their coursework on request.

Course Learning Outcomes


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