151-0505-00L  Mechanics III for Civil Engineers

Semester Autumn Semester 2013
Lecturers G. Haller
Periodicity yearly course
Language of instruction English (lecture), German (exercise)

Catalogue data

Abstract Contents: basic concepts: planar dynamics with (principle of) linear and angular momentum, moment of inertia, kinetic energy. - linear vibration systems: (higher-order) eigenvectors, modal decoupling. - wave equation: normal form, characteristics, reflection.
Objective This lecture gives the student a well-founded basic education in the technical theory of oscillations. The focus of the lecture lies - in addition to directly applicable methods - in the methodical introduction to the theory of vibrations. This should enable the student to work independently in the praxis-oriented area of oscillation analysis and to study further at a high level. The material used in the lectures is mathematically oriented and strictly causally structured and makes use of vector and matrix calculus. Particular importance is given to demanding and practice-oriented exercises.
Content 1. Fundamental concepts: Planar systems: Position, velocity, acceleration, linear momentum, angular momentum, principle of linear momentum, principle of angular momentum, moment of inertia, Steiner's formula, elementary force laws, kinetic and potential energy, equations of motion.

2. Linear oscillations - 1 degree of freedom: force and kinematic excitation, state space, damped and undamped free oscillations, Lehr's damping, phase space portraits, eigenvalue plots, harmonic excitation, amplitude and phase responses, power consumption, beat frequencies, resonance.

3. Linear oscillation - f degrees of freedom: MDGKN system, representation in configuration and state space, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, higher order eigenvectors, undamped and damped systems, Rayleigh damping, modal decoupling.

4. Wave equation: String under tension, longitudinal dynamics of rods, torsional vibrations of circular cylindrical rods, boundary conditions in space and time, canonical transformation, normal form of the wave equation, d'Alembert solution, characteristics, left and right waves, reflection at free and restrained ends, standing waves and oscillations.
Lecture notes Es gibt kein offizielles Vorlesungsskript. Den Studenten wird empfohlen, eine eigene Mitschrift der Vorlesung anzufertigen. Eine elektronische Mitschrift der Vorlesung kann aber auf der Mechanik III-Homepage heruntergeladen werden. Vorlesungsbegleitende Arbeitsunterlagen sowie ein Katalog mit Übungsaufgaben werden ausgegeben. Die zugehörigen Musterlösungen werden nach Bearbeitung auf der Homepage zugänglich gemacht.
Literature Als Zusatzliteratur wird empfohlen: Mechanik 3, Dynamik, M.B. Sayir, Eigenverlag (CHF 32.-)

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
In examination block for Bachelor Programme in Civil Engineering 2003; Version 06.07.2010 (Examination Block 1)
Bachelor's Programme in Civil Engineering 2010; Version 20.08.2013 (Examination Block 1)
ECTS credits 3 credits
Examiners G. Haller
Type session examination
Language of examination German
Course attendance confirmation required No
Repetition The performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examination written 90 minutes
Additional information on mode of examination Teilnahme an 1 Klausur
Written aids Eine Formelsammlung von 3 Blättern (6 Seiten) im A4-Format, kein Taschenrechner
If the course unit is part of an examination block, the credits are allocated for the successful completion of the whole block.
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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Number Title Hours Lecturers
151-0505-00 V Mechanik III für Bauingenieure
Is taught in English in HS13. Exercises and the exam will still be in German.
2 hrs
Tue/1 10-12 HIL E 4 »
Wed/1 11-13 HIL E 4 »
Fri/1 12-13 HIT J 53 »
G. Haller
151-0505-00 U Mechanik III für Bauingenieure 1 hrs
Fri/1 13-15 HIT F 32 »
13-15 HIT J 52 »
13-15 HIT J 53 »
13-15 HPH G 2 »
13-15 HPH G 3 »
G. Haller


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Programme Section Type
Civil Engineering Bachelor Examination Block 1 O Information