The general organization of text material remains unchanged from the 1st edition. The concept of force equilibrium, which forms the basis of static analysis of structures, is retained so that the experienced engineer can easily make the transition to performing a dynamic analysis. It is essential therefore that the student of structural dynamics have a solid background in the theories of statics of structures, including matrix methods, and it is assumed that the readers of this text have such preparation. The treatment of random vibrations in Part IV is however stochastic random in form since the loadings considered can be characterized only in a statistical manner. An understanding of basic probability theory is therefore an essential prerequisite to the study of this subject.
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He was born on November 27, , on a farm near Philip, South Dakota. The family lived in a tarpaper shack with no running water and he attended a one-room school with sixteen classmates. The Great Depression of , together with the drought that produced the Dust Bowl, prompted the family to move to a farm in Nampa, Idaho, where Joe helped his father and completed high school.
Aided by a series of fortuitous circumstances, he attended the University of Washington and received a BS in civil engineering in During the next two years he worked first for the Army Corps of Engineers and then as a lecturer at the University of Washington. He received a full scholarship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned his ScD in civil engineering in —and married Jeanne Ellen Hunson.
Memorial Tributes: Volume Worth, Texas. In he joined the faculty of the Division of Civil Engineering and Irrigation in the Department of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley as an assistant professor.
Moving through the ranks he was promoted to professor in and retired in He moved to Taipei, Taiwan, with the consulting firm Eastern International Engineers, which he had started with local partners in the early s.
After a year there he returned to his home and with Wen S. Tseng launched International Civil Engineering Consultants, a Berkeley firm that he chaired until Together with colleagues Ray Clough and Vitelmo Bertero, Joe developed the teaching and research programs in structural dynamics and earthquake engineering that many considered the best in the world.
His scholarly contributions and engineering analysis and design expertise received international acclaim. Among his many accomplishments we note the following. He developed perhaps the earliest course in random vibrations and their relevance to earthquake engineering, offered in civil engineering departments in the United States. As founding director of the Earthquake Engineering Research Center EERC , his leadership was responsible for the rapid recognition of EERC as one of the foremost research centers in the world in earthquake engineering.
With Dixon Rea he was responsible for designing and operating the first modern servo-controlled shaking table of significant size. The center attracted a stream of visitors from all over the world, especially from Japan. In addition to his impact on research, his book Dynamics of Structures McGraw-Hill, , coauthored with Ray Clough, was a landmark in terms of its broad scope, comprehensive coverage, and philosophy. It was translated into six languages and influenced several generations of students and engineers as well as subsequent textbook writers.
Newmark Medal , Alfred M. Freudenthal Medal , and Ernest F. As his colleagues we stand in grateful appreciation of his friendship, and of the gracious, kind, humble, and generous person that was Joseph Penzien.
Dynamics Of Structures
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