AF2011 Structural Dynamics for Civil Engineers 7.5 credits


This course deals with fundamental methods for theoretic and experimental analysis of dynamic problems. In particular, structures such as bridges and buildings are studied.

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

  • Vibration of one- and multidegree-of-freedon systems
  • Vibrations of beams and cables
  • Numerical methods of analysis
  • Vehicle-structure dynamic interaction
  • Experimental dynamics and elementary signal analysis
  • Earthquake response.

The course includes two laboratory experiments.

Intended learning outcomes *

This course deals with fundamental methods for theoretic and experimental analysis of dynamic problems. In particular, structures such as bridges and buildings are studied. 

The aim of this course is to give basic knowledge about theoretical and experimental analysis of dynamically loaded structures as well as their applications. After this course, the student will be able to:

  • Understand dynamic problems and create simple models for calculations
  • Calculate fundamental frequencies and mode shapes
  • Calculate response using mode superposition and time stepping methods
  • Understand the bridge-vehicle interaction problem and calculate the dynamic effects
  • Plan instrumentation for simple dynamic tests
  • Evaluate dynamic properties from measurements.
  • Understand the fundamental behaviour of structures during earthquakes and how to evaluate the response according to Eurocode 8.
  • Document calculations and resulta in technical reports.

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

150 ECTS including AF2003 Structural Engineering, Advanced Course or or equivalent courses

Knowledge of MATLAB-programming and documented proficiency in English corresponding to English B.

Recommended prerequisites

AF2003 Structural Engineering, advanced course or equivalent course.

SF1676 Differential Equations with Applications or equivalent course.


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  • Chopra, Dynamics of Structures - Theory and Applications to Earthquake Engineering, Prentice Hall
  • Handouts

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 1.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercises, 3.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade *

Passed written exam (3 ECTS credits)

Passed exercises and laborations (4.5 ECTS credits)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Raied Karoumi

Further information

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Offered by

ABE/Structural Design & Bridges

Main field of study *

Built Environment

Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Raid Karoumi,, 08-7909084

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.