Preface to Part 2
The study of structural dynamics is essential for under-standing and evaluating the performance of any engineer-ing product. Whether we are concerned with printed-circuitboards or suspension bridges, high-speed printer mecha-nisms or satellite launchers, dynamic response is funda-mental to sustained and satisfactory operation.Modal analysis of the data obtained from structural testing,provides us with a definitive description of the response of a structure, which can be evaluated against design specifi-cations. It also enables us to construct a powerful tool, themodal model, with which we can investigate the effects of structural modifications, or predict how the structure willperform under changed operating conditions. A simplified definition of modal analysis can be made bycomparing it to frequency analysis. In frequency analysis, acomplex signal is resolved into a set of simple sine waveswith individual frequency and amplitude parameters. Inmodal analysis a complex deflection pattern (of a vibratingstructure) is resolved into a set of simple mode shapes withindividual frequency and damping parameters.
A rigorous mathematical approach to the subject is outsidethe scope of this primer. Where necessary we simply quotethe mathematics! definitions required to support our intu-itive introductions. For readers who need to confirm thequoted mathematical "truths" we have included a list of rel-evant literature at the end of this booklet.To the assumptions already made about the reader (seepreface to part 1), we now add a knowledge of the subjectmatter of part 1
(Mechanical Mobility Measurements).