Discretization of Continuous Systems

  • Mario Paz


The modal superposition method of analysis was applied in the preceding chapter to some simple structures having distributed properties. The determination of the response by this method requires the evaluation of several natural frequencies and corresponding mode shapes. The calculation of these dynamic properties is rather laborious, as we have seen, even for simple structures such as one-span uniform beams. The problem becomes increasingly more complicated and unmanageable as this method of solution is applied to more complex structures. However, the analysis of such structures becomes relatively simple if for each segment or element of the structure the properties are expressed in terms of dynamic coefficients much in the same manner as done previously when static deflection functions were used as an approximation to dynamic deflections in determining stiffness, mass, and other coefficients.


Axial Force Continuous System Stiffness Coefficient Dynamic Matrix Influence Coefficient 
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© Van Nostrand Reinhold 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mario Paz
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  1. 1.University of LouisvilleUSA

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