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Last modified: 26 Feb 2018 18:59

Course Overview

The need for understanding dynamics in modern structural engineering 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. This course reviews the fundamentals of structural dynamics and explains more advanced concepts and methods (including analytical and numerical), as well as their applications to practical design and analysis problems. The 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 Both Undergraduate & Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Piotr Omenzetter

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • One of EA3538 Structural Dynamics (Passed) or EG3538 Structural Dynamics (Passed) or Master Of Science In Advanced Mechanical Engineering
  • One of Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5 or Master Of Science In Advanced Mechanical Engineering
  • Engineering (EG)
  • Either Any Undergraduate Programme or Master Of Science In Advanced Mechanical Engineering

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • EG5056 Structural Dynamics (Passed)

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

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

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (70%); continuous assessment (30%).

Resit: 1 three-hour written examination (80%) with the mark from the first attempt from the continuous assessment (20%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Model answers for tutorials and 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 additional individual feedback on their coursework on request.

Course Learning Outcomes


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