Structural Dynamics (SD) course will deliver the following learning goals:
- Modal analysis theory for Single and Multiple Degrees of Freedom systems
- Modal identification methods for S- and M-DOF systems
- Sensing, Excitation methods and Data acquisition systems
- Vibration response analysis (FFT, PSD)
- Modal Test Design
- Finite Element dynamic modelling and simulations (modal and steady-state dynamics)
- Data correlation methods
High-Tech engineering demands that structures should be designed to bear both static and dynamic loads during their lifetime operations. Structural performance and functionality are the results of expensive simulations, validation tests and, ultimately, qualification tests.. Those machines are subjected to operational loads as vibrations which can easily undermine both the structural and functional performance. For such reasons and many others, high-tech engineering must assure that engineers are trained to structural dynamics test and analysis tools.
My SD course will use a satellite mock-up for learning smart dynamic testing and experimental model validation, starting from its subcomponents up to the complete full assembly. You will appreciate the ultimate goal that is qualification test design and execution in our experimental laboratory. The lectures will provide the basic tools for understanding the structural dynamics, but those will be integrated with practical examples. Finally. the course is hands-on, that means you are asked: (a) to carry out modal test and analysis, (b) to model sub-components, (c) to simulate the frequency response functions and (d) to correlate experimental and simulation data. You will be asked to write a report and present your work.
In brief, I graduated PhD at Imperial College London and worked 10 years at the University of Bristol before moving to UT. I collaborated during my research career with Rolls-Royce and defence industry, experiences which taught me a lot and that structural dynamics is a key-knowledge. It is not just theory! But, it is about to know how to use SD for understanding and modelling the physics of structures subjected to dynamic loads.