Dynamics of Structures: Theory and Applications to Earthquake Engineering, 6th edition

  • Anil K. Chopra

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Dynamics of Structures introduces the theory of structural dynamics and its application to earthquake analysis, response, design and evaluation of structures. Expert Anil K. Chopra presents this often difficult subject as simply as possible. No prior knowledge of structural dynamics is assumed, and the presentation is detailed enough for self-study. Analytical procedures summarize key steps, making them easy for you to replicate. Worked-out examples, illustrative figures and real photos help you gain a deeper understanding of how theory is applied to practical problems.

The 6th Edition includes a new chapter on dynamics of building-soil interaction. Updates and revisions throughout reflect current building codes, methods and research.

Published by Pearson (March 1st 2023) - Copyright © 2023

ISBN-13: 9780137602605

Subject: Civil Engineering

Category: Structural Dynamics

Table of contents


  1. Equations of Motion, Problem Statement, and Solution Methods
  2. Free Vibration
  3. Response to Harmonic and Periodic Excitations
  4. Response to Arbitrary, Step, and Pulse Excitations
  5. Numerical Evaluation of Dynamic Response
  6. Earthquake Response of Linear Systems
  7. Earthquake Response of Inelastic Systems
  8. Generalized Single-Degree-of-Freedom Systems


  1. Equations of Motion, Problem Statement, and Solution Methods
  2. Free Vibration
  3. Damping in Structures
  4. Dynamic Analysis and Response of Linear Systems
  5. Earthquake Analysis of Linear Systems
  6. Analysis of Nonclassically Damped Linear Systems
  7. Reduction of Degrees of Freedom
  8. Numerical Evaluation of Dynamic Response
  9. Systems with Distributed Mass and Elasticity
  10. Introduction to the Finite Element Method


  1. Earthquake Response of Linearly Elastic Buildings
  2. Earthquake Analysis and Response of Inelastic Buildings
  3. Earthquake Dynamics of Base-Isolated Buildings
  4. Earthquake Dynamics of Building–Soil Interaction
  5. Structural Dynamics in Building Codes
  6. Structural Dynamics in Building Evaluation Guidelines



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