BA8305 - Geodynamics


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2020/2021

Course content

The course is given every second year, next time fall semester 2021. Basic theory for dynamic systems with one or many degrees of freedom. Wave propagation in elastic media and soils. Development of simple spring-dashpot analogs for foundations on soils. Earthquake engineering. Pile driving. Traffic vibrations. Parameters for soil dynamics determined by laboratory and field tests. Examples of application, partly by Finite Element Methods.

Learning outcome

The candidate should have knowledge of:
- How the basic theory yielding oscillating systems and wave propagation may be used to analyse geodynamic problems

The candidate is able to:
- Determine appropriate geodynamic parameters
- Calculate the oscillation of foundations and determine parameters for analogue models
- Calculate the attenuation of earthquakes in soil deposits
- Assess measured vibrations from traffic or construction activities and compare with acceptance criteria

General competence:
The candidate can:
- Assess the effect of earthquakes and traffic vibrations
- Perform dynamic analyses of geotechnical problems by the use of the finite element method

Learning methods and activities

The course is taught in English and is made up by intensive lecturing in combination with exercises. The course is offered in autumn every second year. Guest lecturers are invited from the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute and International Center for Geohazards. To pass the course a score of at least 70 percent is required.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Lecture notes will be available from Geotechnical Division, NTNU.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  10.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level



Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Technological subjects
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering



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