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Syllabus for

Academic year
ACE030 - Structural engineering
Syllabus adopted 2021-02-26 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TKATK
4,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: First-cycle
Main field of study: Architecture and Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Teaching language: Swedish
Application code: 46122
Open for exchange students: No
Maximum participants: 50
Only students with the course round in the programme plan

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0118 Examination 4,5 c Grading: TH   4,5 c   15 Mar 2022 am J,  08 Jun 2022 am J,  22 Aug 2022 am J

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Ignasi Fernandez Perez

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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

Comprehensive knowledge of the behaviour of structures subjected to loads. Knowledge about important concepts within the area of structural engineering. Understanding of the structural behaviour of basic structural elements of steel, timber and reinforced concrete. Have the skills to design the moment and shear capacity in the ultimate limit state. Furthermore, knowledge and understanding of the mechanical properties of steel, timber and concrete, knowledge and understanding of basic concepts, theories and models in solid mechanics and mechanics. These prerequisites can for example have been obtained in the courses:
BMT016 Structures
ACE035 Building materials
TME275 Mechanics
TME300 Solid mechanics


The course aims to provide a deeper understanding of structures and how to design structural elements in steel, wood and reinforced concrete. This is essential knowledge for all Civil engineers who aims to deepen their knowledge in the field of structural engineering.
The course is a continuation of the parts that treated the topic structural engineering in the course buildings functions and design; and the course structures. Furthermore, the course shows how mechanics, solid mechanics and building materials can be applied in the field, and provides a general overview of the field in structural engineering. Along with advanced courses in the subject, knowledge needed is gain that engineers need to be able to design, for instance, bridges, houses and foundations to these. The course will provide students with an extension in the topic structures of buildings and facilities.

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

  • describe and explain the behaviour in the ultimate limit state
       - anchoring in reinforced concrete structures
       - welded and bolted joints in steel structures
       - nail and bolted joints in wooden structures
       - column subjected to combination of axial load and moment
  • describe and explain the behaviour in the service limit state for steel, wood and concrete structures
  • describe, explain and derive the influence of important parameters used in different models for ultimate and service limit state
  • design by making rough calculations, design thoroughly and check (analyze) given problems or problems with open variables which assumptions have to be made and checked
       - joints in steel and timber structures
       - anchoring and arrangement of reinforcement
       - column subjected to combination of axial and moment load
  • identify and perform checks in service limit state required for common structural elements in steel, wood and concrete
  • be able to develop a basis for drawings and specifications needed to manufacture load-bearing structural elements, as well as joints based on a design process
  • Content

    The course covers the behaviour of simpler structural elements in steel, wood and reinforced concrete. Specially, columns subjected to axial load, or a combination of axial load and moment are treated. The course also deals with the structural design of connections and
    joints such as nail, bolded and welded joints and anchoring of reinforcement. Besides this, the course also treats the behaviour in service limit state. In the course safety philosophy is considered in design; and common various loads and load combinations are considered in the design.

    Later applications/deepening:
    The course provides the necessary prerequisites for the courses in Structural Engineering in the master's program "Structural Engineering and Building Technology". The course contents are later applied in design and analysis of, for example, house frames and bridges including the foundation of these.


    Teaching is mainly in the form of theory lectures and exercises where different computational models are demonstrated and practiced to naturally couple theory and application.

    In the course there is a laboratory, which is part of the progression of the learning sequence scientific methodology, where the calculations are compared with a concrete beam loaded gradually to failure. Learning sequences mathematics, engineering methodology and scientific bases are applied naturally in the course.


    Bärande konstruktioner - del 2, Chalmers, Konstruktionsteknik. (In Swedish)
    Konstruktionsteknik Exempelsamling, Chalmers, Konstruktionsteknik. (In Swedish)
    Bärande konstruktioner - del 1, Chalmers, Konstruktionsteknik. (In Swedish)
    Diverse utdrag för kursen Bärande konstruktioner BMT015, Chalmers, Konstruktionsteknik. (In Swedish)

    Examination including compulsory elements

    The course ends with a written exam, including both theory (descriptive) and problem solving (calculations); the examination time is 5 hours. Compulsory attendance is required at the laboratory.

    The course examiner may assess individual students in other ways than what is stated above if there are special reasons for doing so, for example if a student has a decision from Chalmers on educational support due to disability.

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