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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.

About course offering

For course offering

Autumn 2022 Start 29/08/2022 programme students

Target group

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Part of programme

Master's Programme, Civil and Architectural Engineering, åk 2, Conditionally Elective


P1 (7.5 hp)




Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

Min: 10

Planned modular schedule

P1: A1, C1, F1, H1, A2, D2, F2, I2.


For course offering

Autumn 2022 Start 29/08/2022 programme students

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For course offering

Autumn 2022 Start 29/08/2022 programme students


Raid Karoumi,, 08-7909084


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus AF2011 (Autumn 2021–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

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.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Documented knowledge in Structural Mechanics and Structural Engineering equivalent to at least 3·times 7,5 ECTS corresponding to the content in courses AF1006, AF1005 and AF2003. And knowledge in MATLAB-programming corresponding to the content in course SF1516 Numerical Methods and Basic Programming.

Eng B/6 according to the Swedish upper secondary school system.

Recommended prerequisites

Documented knowledge in Differential Equations corresponding to the content in course SF1676 Differential Equations with Applications.


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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

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


  • 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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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.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web AF2011

Offered by

Main field of study

Built Environment

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Raid Karoumi,, 08-7909084