Structural dynamics education in the new millennium

Thambiratnam, David P. (2013) Structural dynamics education in the new millennium. In Patil, Arun, Puteh, Marlia, & Sid Nair, Chenicheri (Eds.) Proceedings of the International Engineering and Technology Education Conference, Central Queensland University and the University of Technical Education, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, pp. 1-12.

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Structural Dynamics is the study of the response of structures to dynamic or time varying loads. This topic has emerged to be one of importance to all structural engineers due to three important issues with structural engineering in the new millennium. These are: (1) vibration and problems in slender structures that have emerged due to new material technology and aesthetic requirements, (ii) ageing structures such as bridges whoese health needs to be monitored and appropriate retrofitting carried out to prevent failure and (iii) increased vulnerability of structures to random loads such as seismic, impact and blast loads. Knowledge of structural dynamics is necessary to address these issues and their consequences. During the past two decades, research in structural dynamics has generated considerable amount of new information to address these issues. This new knowledge is not readily made available to practicing engineers and very little or none of it enters the classrooms. There is no universal emphasis on including structural dynamics and their recently generated new knowledge into the civil/structural curriculum. This paper argues for the need to include structural dynamics into the syllabus of all civil engineering courses especially those having a first or second major in structural engineering. This will enable our future structural engineers to design and maintain safe and efficient structures.

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ID Code: 65675
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: New Knowledge, Structural Dynamics, HERN, Practising Engineers, Real World Examples, Structural Engineering Students, Issues in Structural Engineering
ISBN: 9780646596587
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Thambiratnam, D. P.
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Deposited On: 07 Jan 2014 01:32
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