Best Reference Books – Structural Dynamics

We have compiled the list of Top 10 Best Reference Books on Structural Dynamics subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of top 10 best books on Structural Dynamics along with reviews.

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1. “Dynamics of Structures: Applications to Earthquake Engineering” by A K Chopra

Book Review: This book is very suitable for graduate and senior level courses in the field of dynamics of structures and earthquake engineering. The book contains many topics that relate to the theory of structural dynamics and its application pertaining to the earthquake analysis, response and design of structures. The book requires no prior knowledge of structural dynamics and the concepts are very detailed and integrated and the book is good for self-study by students and professionals.

2. “Dynamics of Structures” by R W Clough and J Penzien

Book Review: This book teaches dynamics of structures to advanced undergraduates and graduate students in the field of civil engineering. This book is a great reference for researchers and practicing engineers. The book demonstrates the state of art methods that are used to assess the seismic performance of foundation systems and contains information on earthquake engineering. The book also demonstrates frequency domain analysis for SDOF and MDOD systems and also provides step-by-step methods for solving linear and non-linear equations of motion.

3. “Elements of Vibration Analysis” by L Meirovitch

“Elements of Vibration Analysis” Book Review: The book aims in introducing all the key concepts and techniques of vibration analysis. The chapters of this book begin with basic and fundamental topics and then move to advanced and complex topics. Each chapter ends with a bunch of questions. The book also covers increasing complexity and problems that are faced in vibration analysis.

4. “Structural Dynamics : Vibrations and Systems” by Madhujit Mukophadhyay

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“Structural Dynamics: Vibrations and Systems” Book Review: The book introduces all the basic concepts of vibration of mechanical systems and structural dynamics. The initial chapters of the book cover free vibration of single degree, forced vibration of single degree, numerical methods in structural analysis, vibration of two degree, free vibration of multiple degrees, forced vibration analysis of multiple degrees, and free vibration analysis of continuous systems. The remaining chapters discuss forced vibration of continuous systems, dynamic direct stiffness method, vibration of ship and aircraft, finite element method, finite difference method, nonlinear vibration, random vibrations, and computer program in vibration analysis. The topics are clearly explained with the help of examples. The book will be useful for the graduating students, research scholars, and professional engineers.

5. “Advanced Structural Dynamics and Active Control of Structures” by Gawronski Wodek Gawronski

“Advanced Structural Dynamics and Active Control of Structures” Book Review: The content of this book is fully updated and revised. The topics like discrete-time models, limited-time and -frequency grammians and reduction, almo- balanced modal models, simultaneous placement of sensors and actuators, structural damage detection, special models, modal actuators and sensors, and system identification are thoroughly explained. Many methods of structural dynamics namely, virtual work, d’Alambert’s principle, Hamilton’s principle, Lagrange’s and Hamilton’s equations, and modal analysis of structures are included in this text. The book also features many methods of control namely, LQG design, modal control, and pole placement methods. The problems and examples based on structural active control and structural acoustic control are included. The book consists of many MATLAB programs and model data. The text will be useful for graduate courses on structural dynamics and control.

7. “Dynamic Stability of Structures” by Xie

“Dynamic Stability of Structures” Book Review: The book focuses on the theory and concepts of parametric stability of structures under both deterministic and stochastic loadings. Various models of structural dynamics are highlighted in this piece of writing. Each and every concept, method, and process featured in this book is illustrated step-by-step. For providing readers practical content the book lays an emphasis on applications, analytical methods, and numerical methods. The text is illustrated using several diagrams, figures, and charts. The book will be useful for the advanced level graduate courses of engineering. It is reader friendly, well-structured, and will be suitable for self-study.

8. “Structural Dynamics : Theory and Computation” by Mario Paz

“Structural Dynamics: Theory and Computation” Book Review: The book basically provides thorough information on ‘structures’. It majorly covers topics like structures modelled as a single degree-of-freedom system, modelled as shear buildings, modelled as discrete multi-degree-of-freedom system, modelled with distributed properties and random vibrations. The book will act as a bridge between practical questions and differential equations. The chapters based on harmonic responses of structures, with respect to distributed inertia and discrete systems and Eigen problems are included in this text. The importance and implementation of computer programs is highlighted. The applications of discussed topics are clearly mentioned. The book will be beneficial for the students and professionals of Civil Engineering.

9. “Computational Structural Dynamics” by Talaganov K

“Computational Structural Dynamics” Book Review: The book focuses on using computational technology as a tool to overcome the problems in various fields of structural dynamics and earthquake structural dynamics. The initial section of the book covers seismic risk reduction, dynamic soil-structure interaction, nuclear reactor building structures, influence of numerical integration, earthquake protection, structures with semi-rigid connections, and damage to building stock. The later section features functioning of rubber isolators, meso-macro modeling, transmitting boundaries, aging management, simulation based monitoring, tests on beams and columns, automatic generation of digital models, and probabilistic floor response spectra. The chapters based on analyses of timer frames and dynamic analysis are included in this text. The application of models for mitigation and methodology for seismic designs are mentioned. The topics are illustrated using many figures, diagrams, and pictures.

10. “Structural Dynamics” by Einar N Strommen

“Structural Dynamics” Book Review: The book will be beneficial for the students of civil engineering and structural dynamics. The book begins with basic and easy-to-understand topics and then covers more advanced and complex topics of Structural Dynamics. The safety measures that are to be followed in wind or horizontal ground motion induced dynamic design problems are highlighted. The systems like line-like beam, beam-column type, and system of rectangular plates are mentioned. The mathematical techniques used are clearly explained and analysed. The solutions are given in both time domain and frequency domain. The chapters covering tuned mass damper and the problem of moving loads on beams are included in this book.

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