Vasileios Ntertimanis: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2018

Name Dr. Vasileios Ntertimanis
Strukturmechanik und Monitoring
ETH Zürich, HIL E 33.2
Stefano-Franscini-Platz 5
8093 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 633 79 45
DepartmentCivil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

101-0008-00LIdentification Methods for Structural Systems3 credits2GE. Chatzi, V. Ntertimanis
AbstractThis course will present methodologies for defining a structural system, and assessing its condition based on structural response data. This data is made available via measurements, which are nowadays available from low-cost and easily deployed sensor technologies. The course will explain how engineers may exploit technology for designing and maintaining a safe and resilient infrastructure.
ObjectiveThis course aims at providing a graduate level introduction into the modeling and identification of structural systems. The goal is to establish relationships governing the system behavior and to identify the characteristics (mechanical, geometrical properties) of the system itself, based on noisy or incomplete measurements of the structural response.

The course will include theory, as well as laboratory and actual-scale structural testing, thereby offering a well-rounded overview of the ways in which we may extract response data from structures.
ContentThe topics to be covered are :

- Fundamentals of vibrational analysis, signal processing and structural system representation

- Modal Testing, Operational Modal Analysis

- Parametric & Nonparametric Identification: Frequency Domain decomposition, Least Squares methods, ARMA models, Bayesian approaches.

- Heuristic methods: Genetic Algorithms, Neural Networks.

The differences between linear and nonlinear system identification will also be addressed.

A comprehensive series of computer/lab exercises and in-class demonstrations will take place, providing a "hands-on" feel for the course topics.

The final grade will be obtained, either
- by 30% from the graded exercises and 70% from the written session examination, or
- by the written session examination exclusively.
The highest ranking of the above two options will be used, so that assignments are only used to strengthen the grade.
Lecture notesThe course script is composed by the lecture slides, which are available online and will be continuously updated throughout the duration of the course:
LiteratureSuggested Reading:
T. Söderström and P. Stoica: System Identification, Prentice Hall International:
101-0157-01LStructural Dynamics and Vibration Problems3 credits2GB. Stojadinovic, V. Ntertimanis
AbstractFundamentals of structural dynamics are presented. Computing the response of elastic and inelastic single-DOF, continuous-mass and multiple-DOF structural systems subjected to harmonic, periodic, pulse, impulse, and random excitation is discussed. Practical solutions to vibration problems in flexible structures excited by humans, machinery, wind and explosions are developed.
ObjectiveAfter successful completion of this course the students will be able to:
1. Explain the dynamic equilibrium of structures under dynamic loading.
2. Use second-order differential equations to theoretically and numerically model the dynamic equilibrium of structural systems.
3. Model structural systems using single-degree-of-freedom, continuous-mass and multiple-degree-of-freedom models.
4. Compute the dynamic response of structural system to harmonic, periodic, pulse, impulse and random excitation using time-history and response-spectrum methods.
5. Apply structural dynamics principles to solve vibration problems in flexible structures excited by humans, machines, wind or explosions.
6. Use dynamics of structures to identify the basis for structural design code provisions related to dynamic loading.
ContentThis is a course on structural dynamics, an extension of structural analysis for loads that induce significant inertial forces and vibratory response of structures. Dynamic responses of elastic and inelastic single-degree-of-freedom, continuous-mass and multiple-degree-of-freedom structural systems subjected to harmonic, periodic, pulse, impulse, and random excitation are discussed. Theoretical background and engineering guidelines for practical solutions to vibration problems in flexible structures caused by humans, machinery, wind or explosions are presented. Laboratory demonstrations of single- and multi-degree-of-freedom system dynamic response and use of viscous and tuned-mass dampers are conducted.
Lecture notesThe electronic copies of the learning material will be uploaded to ILIAS and available through myStudies. The learning material includes: the lecture presentations, additional reading material, and exercise problems and solutions.
LiteratureDynamics of Structures: Theory and Applications to Earthquake Engineering, 4th edition, Anil Chopra, Prentice Hall, 2014

Vibration Problems in Structures: Practical Guidelines, Hugo Bachmann et al., Birkhäuser, Basel, 1995

Weber B., Tragwerksdynamik. .ETH Zürich, 2002.
Prerequisites / NoticeKnowledge of the fundamentals in structural analysis, and in structural design of reinforced concrete, steel and/or wood structures is mandatory. Working knowledge of matrix algebra and ordinary differential equations is required. Familiarity with Matlab and with structural analysis computer software is desirable.