This book provides a detailed overview of the theory of analytical and experimental modal analysis and its applications. Modal Analysis is the processes of determining the inherent dynamic characteristics of any system and using them to formulate a mathematical model of the dynamic behavior of the system. In the past two decades it has become a major technological tool in the quest for determining, improving and optimizing dynamic characteristics of engineering structures. Its main application is in mechanical and aeronautical engineering, but it is also gaining widespread use in civil and structural engineering, biomechanical problems, space structures, acoustic instruments and nuclear engineering.

Key Features

The only book to focus on the theory of modal analysis before discussing applications A relatively new technique being utilized more and more in recent years which is now filtering through to undergraduate courses Leading expert in the field


Undergraduate, postgraduate and professional mechanical, aeronautical, automotive and marine engineers

Table of Contents

Overview of Modal Analysis * Essential Mathematics for Modal Analysis * Basic Vibration Theory * Modal Analysis of a SDOF System * Modal Analysis of an Undamped MDOF System * Modal Analysis of a Damped MDOF System * Frequency Response Function Measurements * Initial Assessment of Measured FRF Data * Modal Analysis Methods - Frequency Domain * Experimental Modal Analysis - Time Domain * Local Structural Modification * Applications of Modal Analysis I * Applications of Modal Analysis II


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About the authors

Zhi-Fang Fu

Affiliations and Expertise

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, People's Republic of China

Jimin He

Affiliations and Expertise

Dept of Mechanical Engineering, Victoria University of Technology


'Modal Analysis provides a detailed overview of the theory of analytical and experimental modal analysis and its applications, which are mainly in mechanical, automotive and aeronautical engineering.' Engineering Designer, Nov 2002