Structural Mechanics and Dynamics


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

Electronic and/or mechanic engineering on BSc level.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Understand how kinematics of different structural elements are related to general continuum mechanics
  • Have an understanding of fundamental properties of structural systems with emphasis on their impact on the dynamic response
  • Have knowledge about 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 analyze the dynamic response of single-degree-of-freedom systems
  • Be able to analyze 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 analyzing the dynamic response of a given structure
  • Be able to plan and set up a test for determining dynamic structural response


  • Be able to analyze the dynamic response of a 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

The program is based on a combination of academic, problem-oriented and interdisciplinary approaches and organized based on the following work and evaluation methods that combine skills and reflection:

  • Lectures
  • Classroom instruction
  • Project work
  • Workshops
  • Exercises (individually and in groups)
  • Teacher feedback
  • Reflection
  • Portfolio work

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS course module, the work load 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

Additional information

Elective course
On this semester one course must be chosen out of three elective courses (total: 5 ECTS).

Facts about the module

Danish titleStrukturel mekanik og dynamik
Module codeN-IRS-K1-6
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Esbjerg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Intelligent Reliable Systems)
Study BoardStudy Board of Build, Energy, Electronics and Mechanics in Esbjerg
DepartmentDepartment of Energy
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science