Virtual laboratory for experimental structural dynamics

S. H. Sim, B. F. Spencer, G. C. Lee

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This article presents a Java-powered virtual laboratory (VL) which has been developed to provide a means for on-line interactive structural dynamics experiments for undergraduate and graduate education. This VL intends to provide a conceptual and practical understanding of a wide range of topics related to the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data from dynamic testing, including sensor type and placement, aliasing, windowing, nonlinearlties, etc. A multi-story shear building is employed as a test bed and the responses of the structure are obtained through the linear/nonlinear dynamic analysis. The VL is available on-line at This article presents the unique features and usage of this VL.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)80-88
Number of pages9
JournalComputer Applications in Engineering Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2009


  • Earthquake engineering
  • Experimental structural dynamics
  • Nonlinear dynamic analysis
  • Virtual laboratory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Education
  • Engineering(all)


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