Structural Mechanics and Dynamics


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Understand how kinematics of different structural elements are related to general continuum mechanics.
  • Understand fundamental properties of structural systems with emphasis on their impact on the dynamic response.
  • Know fundamental theories and methods for analysis of dynamic structural response.
  • Have an understanding of the solution procedure in Finite Element Analysis of linear elastic dynamic problems.
  • Have a basic knowledge and understanding of experimental work related to dynamic testing of structures.


  • Use correct terminology for structural dynamic analysis.
  • Based on general continuum mechanics, be able to formulate a model for a given structural problem, and based on the assumed kinematics, to establish a finite element formulation with the aid of the principle of virtual work.
  • Be able to analyse the dynamic response of single-degree-of-freedom systems.
  • Be able to analyse the dynamic response of multi-degree-of-freedom systems.
  • Be able to analyse the dynamic response of structures in time domain and frequency domain.
  • Be able to conduct modal analysis of structures.
  • Develop and implement a Finite Element software code for dynamic analysis of a multi-degree-of-freedom system.
  • Be able to use a commercial Finite Element code for analysing the dynamic response of a given structure.
  • Be able to plan and set up a test for determining dynamic structural response.


  • Be able to analyse the dynamic response of a civil engineering structure.
  • Be able to select appropriate analysis methods for the analysis of dynamic structural response.
  • Be able to compare results obtained from different analysis methods and be able to judge the quality of the results.
  • Be able to quantify errors associated with different types of analysis and evaluate the methods regarding assumptions and simplifications.

Type of instruction

Lectures, etc. supplemented with project work, workshops, presentation seminars, lab tests.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS project module, the workload is expected to be 150 hours for the student.



Name of examStructural Mechanics and Dynamics
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleStrukturel Mekanik og Dynamik
Module codeB-BK-K1A-3
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Structural and Civil Engineering)
Study BoardStudy Board of Built Environment
DepartmentDepartment of the Built Environment
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science