Structural Dynamics

By Prof. Ramancharala Pradeep Kumar   |   IIIT Hyderabad
Learners enrolled: 238
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.

Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 23 Jan 2023
End Date : 14 Apr 2023
Exam Date : 29 Apr 2023 IST
Enrollment Ends : 30 Jan 2023
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
  • Structural Analysis
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

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

Books and references

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

Instructor bio

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).

Course certificate

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: 
29 April 2023 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


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

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. 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 IIIT Hyderabad. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

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