Structural Dynamics

By Prof. Ramancharala Pradeep Kumar   |   IIIT Hyderabad
The objective of the course is to understand the behaviour of structure especially building to various dynamic loads: such as wind, earthquake, machine vibration and ambient vibration.

PRE-REQUISITES          : Basic understanding of structural analysis and knowledge of engineering mathematics.

Learners enrolled: 2648


Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 27 Jan 2020
End Date : 17 Apr 2020
Exam Date : 26 Apr 2020
Enrollment Ends : 03 Feb 2020
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
  • Level : Undergraduate


    Week 1: Basics of Structural Dynamics
    Module 1: Introduction of Structural Dynamics
    Module 2: Differential Equations in Civil Engineering 
    Module 3: Types of Analysis/Static and Dynamic load
    Module 4: Degrees of Freedom (Ex: Generation of Stiffness matrix)
    Module 5: Dynamic Equilibrium Equation 
    Module 6: Solution of Equilibrium Equation
    Week 2: Free Vibration of SDOF
    Module 1: Undamped free Vibration
    Module 2: Solution, Natural Period/Frequency
    Module 3:  Energy in Free Vibration
    Module 4:  Damped Free Vibration
    Module 5: Types of damping
    Module 6: Logarithmic decrement equation
    Week 3: Forced Vibration of SDOF
    Module 1: Undamped Forced vibration 
    Module 2:  Amplitude & Phase Angle
    Module 3: Dynamic amplification factor for deflection (Rd)
    Module 4: Damped Forced vibration
    Module 5: Relationship between Rd, Rv and Ra
    Week 4: Force Transmission, Vibration Measurement
    Module 1: Resonant frequency and Half power band width 
    Module 2: Force Transmission and Isolation
    Module 3:  Design of Vibration Measuring Instruments
    Week 5: Response to Arbitrary Motions
    Module 1: Response to Unit Impulse
    Module 2: Response to Arbitrary Force (Duhamel's Integral)
    Module 3:  Response to Step and Ramp Forces
    Module 4: Response to Rectangular Pulse, Half Sinusoidal wave

    Week 6: Numerical Methods of Solution
    Module 1: Time Stepping Methods
    Module 2: Central Difference Method
    Module 3: Newmark's Method
    Week 7: Response Spectrum
    Module 1: Concept of Response Spectrum
    Module 2: Uses of Response Spectrum
    Module 3: Special Cases in Spectrum
    Module 4: Development of Tripartite Plot
    Module 5: Example: Base Shear and Base Moment
    Module 6: Response of Structure in Frequency Domain

    Week 8: Multi-Degree of Freedom Systems
    Module 1: Equation of Motion for MDOF System
    Module 2: Solution of Equation, Natural Frequencies and mode Shapes (60)
    Module 3: Modal Orthogonality
    Module 4: Approximate Method for finding Natural frequency
    Week 9: Earthquake Response of MDOF Systems
    Module 1: Time History Analysis
    Module 2: Response Spectrum Analysis
    Module 3:  3D Dynamic Analysis
    Week 10: Dynamic Response of Continuous Systems
    Module 1: Vibration of Continuous systems
    Module 2: Shear behavior and bending behavior
    Module 3: Generalized SDOF

    Week 11: Dynamics of Rigid Blocks
    Module 1: Dynamics of Rigid Blocks
    Module 2:  Non Structural Elements
    Module 3: Floor Response Spectrum
    Week 12: Vibration Control
    Module 1: Introduction to Vibration Control
    Module 2: Active Control
    Module 3: Passive Control
    Module 4: Design of Tuned Mass Damper


    1.    “Dynamics of structures” by Anil K Chopra
    2.    “Structural Dynamics” by Clough & Penzin
    3.    “Theory of Vibrations” by Thompson
    4.    “Elements of vibration analysis” by Leonard Mirovitch
    5.    “Structural dynamics” by Madhujit Mukhopadyay


    Prof. Ramancharala Pradeep Kumar

    IIIT Hyderabad
    Dr. Ramancharla Pradeep Kumar worked in L&T-ECC for about a year (1997-98) and went to Tokyo, Japan for pursuing Ph.D. After receiving degree, he worked as a post-doctoral research fellow for one year (2001-02). He joined IIIT Hyderabad in September 2002 and started Earthquake Engineering Research Centre (EERC). He was also instrumental in initiating graduate program on Computer Aided Structural Engineering (CASE) at IIIT Hyderabad in 2002 and 5-year Dual Degree program in Building Science & Engineering in 2013. Dr. Ramancharla’s research interests are; i) Numerical Modeling of tectonic plates and faults ii) Ground Motion Simulation on faults, iii) nonlinear structural response & damage estimation, iv) health diagnosis of historical and critical structures, v) sustainable construction technologies (with local & natural materials) and v) capacity building on earthquake disaster safety. In addition to the above, Dr. Ramancharla has keen interest in research on humanities and human values. 
                   Dr. Ramancharla is leading an active research group of around 35 people. He is presently supervising 12 Ph.D/MS by Research students. Dr. Ramancharla published around 180 papers in journals and conferences. He visited Bhuj, Gujarat for conducting reconnaissance survey after 26th January 2001 Bhuj Earthquake. He also visited tsunami affected areas of Andhra Pradesh after 24 Dec 2004. He is a member of few committees at state level and also at national level. He is a member of Post Earthquake Reconnaissance Team (PERT) of NDMA, GoI. As a member of expert committee of NDMA he contributed in the preparation of National Disaster Management Policy and Guidelines for Earthquakes and Tsunamis. He also contributed in the preparation of policy for restructuring of Fire and Emergency Services Department, Govt of AP. He is also a member of expert committees on Disaster Mitigation of Cyclones and Urban Floods. He is currently a BIS panel member of IS 456 & IS 1343 (CED2), Earthquake Engineering Sectional Committee (CED39) and also a member of National Building Code of India (CED 46:P16).


    • The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
    • The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
    • Date and Time of Exams: 26th April 2020, Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
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    • Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments
     given in the course. 
    • Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
    • Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

    • If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
    • Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.
    • Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.