Advanced Structural Dynamics
This graduate-level course is designed to give students an in-depth understanding of the advanced concepts in structural dynamics. Topics include modal analysis theory and implementation, data acquisition and analysis, digital signal processing, random vibration concepts, system identification, structural health monitoring and damage detection, advanced sensor technologies, and smart structure technologies. A big portion of the course will be devoted to the fundamentals of numerical simulations and experimental methods in structural dynamics, exposing students to state-of-the-art simulation software and dynamic testing equipment and providing practical laboratory experience. For many problems, such simulation and testing is essential to validate new structural concepts, as well as to understand structural responses and failures that are not readily explained by intuition, analytical models or previous experience.