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VSM031 - Solid mechanics
Syllabus adopted 2013-02-21 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TKVOV
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Architecture and Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Department: 42 - APPLIED MECHANICS

Teaching language: Swedish
Block schedule: LA

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0101 Intermediate test 1,5 c Grading: UG   1,5 c    
0201 Laboratory 1,5 c Grading: UG   1,5 c    
0301 Examination 4,5 c Grading: TH   4,5 c   19 Dec 2013 am H,  23 Apr 2014 am V,  20 Aug 2014 am V

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TKVOV CIVIL ENGINEERING, Year 2 (compulsory)


Professor  Kenneth Runesson
Univ lektor  Mats Ander

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For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

Linear Algebra: Matrices and vectors. Solution of equation systems and Eigenvalue problems. Calculus: Analysis in several variables, Partial derivatives, Integrals, Differential equations. Programming: High level language or MATLAB. Report writing using a word processor.


The course will give basic knowledge and understanding of solid mechanics, definitions and presumptions, with applications on rods and beams and solids. Emphasis is put on derivations and proofs of the theory as well as how the theory can be applied by aid of computer programming for solving structural engineering problems. Both statically determinate and statically indeterminate trusses and beams will be treated. After the course the student should have basic knowledge required for the Structural Mechanics course and applied courses in Geo mechanics, Structural Steel and Timber Design and Concrete Structures.

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

After the course the student should: · be able to deduce, and solve the, differential equations for a rod in pure tension or compression, torsion of a rod and bending of a beam, by aid of appropriate boundary conditions. · be able to incorporate constitutive laws for linear thermo elasticity, and ideal elastic plastic material. · be well skilled in computation of cross sectional forces and deformations in rods and beams. · be able to calculate stresses and strains in rods, beams and solids. · have knowledge in hypotheses of plastic yielding.


Definitions: Strain, stress, force equilibrium, load, thermal load, tension, compression, bending, torsion, buckling, yilding, principal stresses in 2D and 3D problems, failure. Structures: Statically determinate plane trusses, statically indeterminate trusses, statically determinate beams, statically indeterminate beams. Materials: Constitutive laws for elastic, elastic-plastic materials, plastic failure limit.


Theories and basic applications are presented at lectures. At subsequent excercises these theories are applied to given problems of small size. A design assignement introduce the student to programming the analysis and design procedure. LATER APPLICATIONS Geomechanics and Foundation Technology, Sructural engineering, Structural Mechanics, Concrete Structures , Steel and Timber Structures, Finite Element Method etc.


The Literature will be announced on the course homepage no later than 2 weeks before the start of the course.


Written exam, fulfilled computer exercise assignment, oral exam in front of a student audience in a seminar.

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