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VSM045 - Structural mechanics - basics
Syllabus adopted 2012-02-23 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TKVOV
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Department: 42 - APPLIED MECHANICS

Teaching language: Swedish
Block schedule: X

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   24 May 2014 am V,  13 Jan 2014 am M,  20 Aug 2014 am V

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Professor  Ragnar Larsson
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

Classical Mechanics: Statics and dynamics. Solid mechanics, Linear Algebra: Matrix analysis and solution methods for equation systems. Engineering programming


The course will provide knowledge and understanding about general analysis methods for structural mechanics problems with applications on continuous beams, trusses, frames and arches. Emphasis is put on derivations and proofs of the theory. Basic understanding of matrix algebra as a tool for the systematic analysis of general structures by aid of computer software programming is of main importance. The course will give further knowledge needed for courses in Steel and Timber structures, Concrete structures, Geomechanics, Finite element method and Structural dynamics.

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

-be well skilled in using load-deformation relations for simple structural elements such as rods and beams.
-apply the principal of virtual work as well as energy methods for the analysis of trusses, beams and arches.
-apply the displacement method to analyse trusses and frames, both as hand calculation tool and as a general computer method.
-apply the displacement method according to the second order theory in the analysis of frame instability w r t buckling.
-use the plastic hinge theory to determine the limit load for continuous beams.
-have knowledge about the Finite Element Method, as a generalization of the displacement method, as a tool for solving different engineering problems.


Definitions: stiffness, virtual work, displacement method, transformation matrices, particular and complementary solutions to frame problems,
plastic hinge theory for beams, mechanisms, thermal loads, elastic buckling- and vibrations of beams,
elastic stability of frames according to the second order theory.
Structures: Trusses, continous beams, frames, arches, pile groups (statically determinate and undeterminate problems).
Materials: linear elastic and elastic-plastic materials


Theories and basic applications are presented at lectures. At subsequent excercises these theories are applied to given problems of small size.  Computer assignments include programming and analysis of trusses and frames by use of matrix methods. LATER APPLICATIONS Concrete Structures , Steel and Timber Structures, Finite Element Method etc.


The course literature will be announced on the course home page at least two weeks before the start of teh course.


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

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