Dynamics In The Practice Of Structural Design: The Problems Of Implementation
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O. S. Saar
This paper stresses the difficulties practising engineers are facing in order to keep pace with the continuously evolving knowledge on structural dynamics, and suggests possible ways to make this knowledge accessible to them towards implementation in the practice of structural design. Keywords: problems of implementation, practising engineer, design situation for statics or dynamics, designers approach, online journal. 1 Introduction It is very well known that a remarkably great number of engineers in the practice of structural design, all over, are confronted with difficulties when dealing with a dynamic design situation. This paper is intended to focus attention on this anomaly and to outline some possible implications. 2 The problems of implementation Structural dynamics is, no doubt, the most complex subject that underlines the broad knowledge required from an engineer in order to perform the practice of structural design. Because of that, engineers are trying continuously to enlarge their professional knowledge by looking for sources of additional learning on the issue, such as technical books, journals, publications, descriptions of particular dynamic events or any information that can enrich their understanding or provide them with guiding tools for practical application. But, going through those sources reveals itself to be a very hard, sometimes impossible task, since sooner or later they are faced, unfortunately, with familiar concepts that had already lost a clear quantitative meaning such as damping, hysteresis, impulse, or with
problems of implementation, practising engineer, design situation for statics or dynamics, designers approach, online journal.