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BMT015 - Structures
Syllabus adopted 2013-02-20 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

Teaching language: Swedish
Block schedule: X

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0106 Design exercise 3,0 c Grading: UG   3,0 c    
0206 Examination 4,5 c Grading: TH   4,5 c   17 Dec 2013 am V,  25 Apr 2014 am V,  21 Aug 2014 am V

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TKVOV CIVIL ENGINEERING, Year 3 (compulsory)


Docent  Mario Plos
Professor  Karin Lundgren

Course evaluation:


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

Ability to basic mathematical analysis, knowledge of statistical distributions and risk analysis, 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 structural mechanics. These prerequisites can for example have been obtained in the courses
· TMV125 Introductory course in mathematics
· TMV130 Calculus in one variable
· TMS056 Mathematical statistics
· VBF056 Construction materials
· MME180 Mechanics
· VSM031 Solid mechanics


The aim of the course is to give comprehensive knowledge of the structural behaviour of structures, and of how they are designed. A basic understanding of the subject is important for all civil engineers. The course shows how mechanics, solid mechanics and building materials are applied within civil engineering, and gives an overview of the structural engineering field. Together with advanced courses in the subject, the course gives knowledge that civil engineers need to be able to design for example bridges and houses.

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

· Describe commonly used construction materials and general structural behaviour for various types of structures and structural elements.
· Describe the general requirements for structures, and identify what needs to be checked for common types of structural systems and structural elements.
· Describe and explain the design process and principles for how requirements of safety and function are taken into account (especially with the partial factor method).
· Describe and explain the strength and deformation properties of timber, steel and concrete, and how they are affected by external factors such as time, moisture and load duration.
· Describe and explain the structural behaviour of beams of timber, steel and reinforced concrete subjected to bending moments and shear force.
· To design and check simple load-carrying structural elements of timber, steel and reinforced concrete (such as beams, struts and braces) with respect to the bending moment and shear force capacity in the ultimate limit state.

To achieve these goals, the students shall carry out a design exercise consisting of design and analysis of structural elements in floors consisting of timber, steel and reinforced concrete.


The course treats the behaviour of basic structures of steel, timber and reinforced concrete. A large part of the course treats calculation models for analysis and design for bending moment and shear force. Safety related problems, different loads and materials, and different types of load-carrying structures are treated in an overview. Furthermore, how different types of structures work and what requirements they shall meet is also covered.

The course gives necessary prerequisites for the master program Structural Engineering and Building Technology. The content of the course is used in design and analysis of for example houses and bridges.


A considerable part of the course consists of a design task that runs throughout the course to give continuous motivation for studies and learning. The teaching is mainly organised in 4-hours block where lectures, exercises and design task treat the same subject, in order to connect theory and application in a natural way.


Bärande konstruktioner - del 1, Chalmers, Konstruktionsteknik.

Bärande konstruktioner, Exempelsamling, Chalmers, Konstruktionsteknik.

Diverse utdrag för kursen Bärande konstruktioner BMT015, Chalmers, Konstruktionsteknik


The design task is examined continuously during the course by partial presentations. Written exam includes both basic theory and problem solving. Examination time 5 hours.

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