Structural dynamics is a complex and increasingly important field of civil/structural engineering. The aim of this concise book is to demonstrate to practising engineers and advanced students that the dynamic response of structural systems can be understood without advanced techniques of analysis and impenetrable detail.
"The book fulfils the promise of its title; it provides an excellent introduction to structural dynamics in the context of the problems likely to be encountered by the practising engineer. The level of treatment would be within reach of a third-year undergraduate, but the methods, discussions, and results, should be of value to many design offices involved in dynamic analysis." - The Structural Engineer
"This book is a must of the practising structural dynamicist. It, or similar works, should be required for students of this topic, who often lack the physical insights to apply their knowledge and techniques to real problems." - The Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering
"One of its great values is the large number of examples simply but realistically presented." - Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics.
Preface. List of tables. Physical concepts. Theory of the single-degree-of-freedom oscillator. Resonance and related matters. Duhamel's integral and the numerical solution of the oscillator equation. Multi-degree-of-freedom systems: An introduction. Reference. Answers. Index.