Dr. Abhinav Gupta

Dr. Abhinav Gupta

Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

Phone: 919-515-1385
Fax: 919-515-5301
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CE 527 Structural Dynamics

3 Credit Hours

Analysis of single and multi-degree-of-freedom structures subjected to various types of excitations and initial conditions. Computational aspects of dynamic analysis. Introduction to approximate methods of analysis.


A course in the matrix analysis of structures (CE 325) or equivalent or consent of instructor.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • formulate equations of motion for single and multiple-degree of freedom structures subjected to various dynamic loads,
  • solve these equations using analytical and computational methods,
  • model continuous structural systems using the Finite Element Method, and
  • use and evaluate commercial dynamic analysis software..

Course Requirements

HOMEWORK: Approximately twelve.

EXAMINATIONS: Two plus one final exam.

SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS: We will use MATLAB, but students will only modify existing programs. The student version of MATLAB is acceptable. Students will also use SAP2000, a student version of which can downloaded from



Strongly Recommended but Not Required: Humar, Jagmohan L., Dynamics of Structures, A.A. Balkema Publishers, Either Second (2002) or Third (2012) Edition. Paperback version is significantly less expensive.

Computer and Software Requirements

Please review the minimum computer specifications that NC State University and Engineering Online recommend.

Updated: 10/31/2022