This course introduces the propagation of elastic waves, and the loss of stability in engineering structures and systems. In the first part of the course, fundamental physical principles of elasticity and wave mechanics are reviewed and developed to provide students with the capability to model and analyze wave propagation, reflection, and refraction in isotropic and anisotropic engineering structures such as rods, beams, and plates. In the second part of the course, mechanical stability models are studied and applied in terms of dynamic behavior where the combined effects of vibration, gyroscopic motion, impact/shock, and buckling lead to new structural configurations or unstable motions that must often be avoided in design. Applications span nondestructive evaluation, composites, cables, aircraft/space structures, rotordynamics, aeroelasticity, civil engineering structures, and others.

Course prerequisites: 

Undergraduate or graduate course in vibrations.

Course instructor: 
Stanton