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Syllabus for

Academic year
TME255 - Strength of materials
Syllabus adopted 2020-02-27 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TIMAL
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Mechanical Engineering

Teaching language: Swedish
Application code: 65120
Open for exchange students: No
Only students with the course round in the programme plan

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0112 Examination 7,5c Grading: TH   7,5c   03 Jun 2021 am L,  09 Oct 2020 am L,  24 Aug 2021 pm L

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General entry requirements for bachelor's level (first cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

The same as for the programme that owns the course.
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

The courses LMA401 Calculus, MVE580 Linear algebra and differential equations and LMT202 Mechanics, or corresponding knowledge.


The course in strenght of materials is aming towards an understanding of the basic knowledge of stresses and deformations in constructions in order to be able to perform engineering calculations.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • calculate stresses and deformations of the classical loading cases: axial loadings of bars, torsional loadings of rods and bending of beams.
  • explain the difference of normal and shear stresses and strains.
  • solving problems of plane trusses both isostatic and hyperstatic systems by using a matrixmethod of displacement.
  • analyze problems in torsions of bars.
  • calculate center of mass, linear and quadratic area moment of inertia for plane surfaces.
  • calculate stresses and deformations in beams loaded in a plane.
  • solve the differential equation describing the deflection of beams in simple geometries.
  • use tables of elementary cases in deflection of beams.
  • understand the meaning of plane stress analysis and the use of principal stresses and effective stresses.
  • formulate the mathematical model by using equilibrium-, compatibility- and constitutive relations.
  • use Matlab in solving numerically a problem in strength of materials.


The classical load cases tension, torsion and bending are treated with emphasis on hyperstatic problems. Further we treat Euler-Bernoulli theory for bending of beams and some elementary analysis of plane stress including principal stresses and effective stresses. A project task is included in the course where the student will analyse and perform numerical calculations using Matlab of an engineering task in strenght of materials.


The course contains of 28 h theory based lectures and 28 h problem solving lectures and 144 h home work


Tore Dahlberg, Teknisk hållfasthetslära, Studentlitteratur, (2001)

Examination including compulsory elements

Paper examintation containing 5 excercises with grades: not passed, 3, 4, 5 and approved project task.

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