In this paper, the structural responses at discrete time steps are evaluated to understand the linear dynamics characteristics of a structural system using LabVIEW (Laboratory Virtual Instrument Engineering Workbench) tool. Time History Analysis (THA) which is an essential procedure to design a reliable structure when the structure is subjected to dynamic loading is taken into consideration for the study. Direct integration method was used to find out the dynamic response of the structure as it is applicable for both linear as well as nonlinear range. Block diagram that perform step-by-step integration to analyze the linear single degree of freedom (SDOF) system has been prepared in LabVIEW. The processing of data is carried out till the equilibrium is satisfied at all discrete time points within the interval of solution instead of any time t. Different ground motion time histories were considered for THA and responses of the SDOF system are evaluated. The results from LabVIEW were validated and the accuracy of the algorithms generated are discussed. It is observed that the accuracy and stability of the final solution depends on the variation of displacement, velocity and acceleration that is assumed in each step. Thus, LabVIEW workbench can therefore be recognized as an effective instrument in structural engineering owing to its fast sampling features.
Part of the book: LabVIEW