CVEN40550 Structural Dynamics

Academic Year 2021/2022

Students are introduced to the fundamentals of structural dynamics – natural frequencies, modes of vibration, damping, harmonic excitation and vibration transmissibility. Mode superposition and transient analysis techniques for solving dynamic problems are introduced. Test procedures for measuring natural frequencies, associated modes of vibration and damping levels are also covered.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. Calculate natural frequencies and modes of vibration for two degree of freedom systems
2. Understand the concept of damping and its effect on structural response
3. Understand the concepts of dynamic magnification factors and vibration transmissibility
4. Understand how to solve dynamic problems using mode superposition and transient analysis techniques

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Problem based learning
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

BSc Structural Engineering with Architecture, BE Civil Stage 3 completed, or similar level

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: End of trimester exam 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Assignment: Three assignments Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be given to students after each of the three assignments

Name Role
Dr Daniel McCrum Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 11:00 - 11:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Tues 09:00 - 09:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Tues 11:00 - 11:50