Course syllabus

Strukturdynamiska beräkningar
Structural Dynamic Computing

VSMN10, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2020/21
Decided by: PLED V
Date of Decision: 2020-03-23

General Information

Elective for: F4, F4-bem, M4, Pi4-bem, V4-ko
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


The course aims to provide knowledge of theory, computation and measurement methods in the field of structural dynamics. It will also develop the ability to evaluate models using computational programs in relation to laboratory results in project work. The course also aims to develop skills in written and oral presentations.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


Single-dof models. Generalized Single-dof models. Time integration; Newmark’s method, implicit method, explicit method. Multi-dof models; finite elements, direct integration, modal superposition, eigenvalue analysis, response diagram. Earthquake analysis.

The lectures describe the theoretical concepts in relation to the application, with conceptual construction assignments which show how the realistic questions enhance the mathematical and numerical descriptions. The construction assignments relate to applied mechanics with the finite element method as basis for the work.

Beyond this moments dealing with general computer code systems for finite element analysis, i.e. Abaqus, Nastran or LS-Dyna are planned. Calfem and Matlab are also used. This kind of computer code systems can be used in a wide range of physical/engineering problems. Construction assignment 2 is designed so that it is natural to use one of these systems.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: The assessment is based on hand-in assignments, two computational reports, theory exam, and a final oral discussion.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.


Admission requirements:

The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: VSM045, VSM051

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Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Peter Persson,
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