About CE 272 A

Vibrations, matrices, earthquake engineering, stability and wave propagation. Project-based. Prerequisites: Senior standing in Engineering or Physical Sciences or Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: ME 270.


Prereq: Senior Standing in Engineering or Physical Sciences or instructor permission; Elective (Civil); Cross listed with ME 270 A; Total combined enrollment: 40; Open to Degree and CDE students;

Section Description

Analysis of the 1-D wave equation. Time-domain and frequency-domain analysis of linear single degree of freedom (SDOF) systems subjected to initial conditions and(or) arbitrary loading. Multi-degree of freedom (MDOF) systems. The eigenvalue problem in structural dynamics. Analysis of linear multi-degree of freedom systems using modal analysis. Numerical methods for dynamic analysis of MDOF systems

Section Expectation

1. Develop suitable models for mechanical/structural systems subjected to vibration. 2. Solve the 1-D uniform wave equation 3. Understand concepts of degree of freedom, stiffness, mass and damping in structures 4. Compute response of SDOF systems to initial conditions, moving supports and external loads 5. Solve eigenvalue problems in MDOF systems 6. Use and understand modal analysis of MDOF linear systems 7. Code numerical methods to compute response of MDOF systems


Assignments 30% Midterms 40% Final Exam 30%

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