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Fundamentals of Structural Dynamics, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-471-43044-5
744 pages
July 2006
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From theory and fundamentals to the latest advances in computational and experimental modal analysis, this is the definitive, updated reference on structural dynamics.

This edition updates Professor Craig's classic introduction to structural dynamics, which has been an invaluable resource for practicing engineers and a textbook for undergraduate and graduate courses in vibrations and/or structural dynamics. Along with comprehensive coverage of structural dynamics fundamentals, finite-element-based computational methods, and dynamic testing methods, this Second Edition includes new and expanded coverage of computational methods, as well as introductions to more advanced topics, including experimental modal analysis and "active structures." With a systematic approach, it presents solution techniques that apply to various engineering disciplines. It discusses single degree-of-freedom (SDOF) systems, multiple degrees-of-freedom (MDOF) systems, and continuous systems in depth; and includes numeric evaluation of modes and frequency of MDOF systems; direct integration methods for dynamic response of SDOF systems and MDOF systems; and component mode synthesis.

Numerous illustrative examples help engineers apply the techniques and methods to challenges they face in the real world. MATLAB(r) is extensively used throughout the book, and many of the .m-files are made available on the book's Web site. Fundamentals of Structural Dynamics, Second Edition is an indispensable reference and "refresher course" for engineering professionals; and a textbook for seniors or graduate students in mechanical engineering, civil engineering, engineering mechanics, or aerospace engineering.
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Table of Contents

Preface to Structural Dynamics: An Introduction to Computer Methods.

Preface to Fundamentals of Structural Dynamics.

About the Authors.

1. The Science and Art of  Structural Dynamics.


2. Mathematical Models of SDOF Systems.

3. Free Vibration of SDOF Systems.

4. Response of SDOF Systems.

5. Response of SDOF Systems to Nonperiodic Excitation.

6. Numerical Evaluation of the Dynamic Response of SDOF Systems.

7. Response of SDOF Systems to Periodic Excitation; Frequency-Domain Analysis.


8. Mathematical Models of  MDOF Systems.

9. Vibration of Undamped 2-DOF Systems.

10. Vibration Properties of MDOF Systems—Modes, Frequencies, and Damping.

11. Dynamic Response of MDOF Systems—Mode-Superposition Method.


12. Mathematrical Models of Continuous Systems.

13. Free Vibration of Continuous Systems.


14. Introduction to Finite Element Modeling of Structures.

15. Numerical Evaluation of Modes and Frequence of MDOF Systems.

16. Direct Integration Methods for Dynamic Response of SDOF Systems.

17. Component Mode Synthesis.


18. Introduction to Experimental Model Analysis.

19. Introduction to "Active Structures".

20. Introduction to Earkquake Response of Structures.

Appendix A: Units.

Appendix B: Complex Numbers.

Appendix C: Elements of Laplace Transforms.

Appendix D: Elements of Linear Algebra.

Appendix E: Introduction to MATLAB.


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Author Information

ROY R. CRAIG JR., PHD, is Professor Emeritus of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at The University of Texas at Austin. He has received numerous teaching awards and has worked in industry at Boeing, NASA, and Exxon Production Research Corporation, among others.

ANDREW J. KURDILA, PHD, is the W. Martin Johnson Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His current research focuses on structural dynamics, dynamic systems theory, control theory, and computational mechanics.

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New to This Edition

  • Completely revised and updated (over 50% new or updated) edition of Craig's widely known first edition of Structural Dynamics.
  • Comprehensive coverage of structural dynamics fundamentals, finite element based computational methods, and dynamic testing methods.
  • Provides an introduction to the currently active topic of "smart structures" and other topics not covered in competing books.
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The Wiley Advantage

  • An associated website will contain
  1. MATLAB scripts to supplement the examples in the book,
  2. A rudimentary FEM capability to be used in creating solutions to computer-based homework problems,
  3. A rudimentary experimental modal analysis capability permitting use of simulated test data to create modal models and animated displays of vibrating structures.
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