Syllabus academic year 2007/2008

Higher education credits: 6. Grading scale: TH. Level: G2 (First level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. VSM150 overlap following cours/es: VSM031 och VSM031. Alternative for: V3. Optional for: M4. Course coordinator: Professor Ola Dahlblom,, Byggnadsmekanik. Recommended prerequisits: VSM141 Structural Mechanics or FHL013 Solid Mechanics, Basic Course. Assessment: Hand-in assignments, laboratory assignment and written examination. Home page:

Analysis of bars, beams, trusses and frames belongs to the most common computing tasks for a structural engineer. The aim of the course is to give knowledge of how to define physically correct models and to use them for solving engineering problems. The generality of the element based analysis method is emphasized by the fact that also one-dimensional scalar problems such as thermal conduction, diffusion and groundwater flow are treated.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

Matrix algebra. Introduction to discrete systems. Bar and beam elements. Element-based analysis of trusses and frames. Aspects of modelling; symmetry, hinges in frames, subsidiary conditions, static condensation, reduced systems of equations. One-dimensional scalar problems; thermal conduction, diffusion, groundwater flow, pipe network and electrical circuit. Beams and supports on elastic foundation. Frames and trusses considering geometric nonlinearity and instability. Frames and trusses considering material nonlinearity.

Dahlblom O, Olsson K.-G. och Persson K.: Bärverk - modellering och analys, Byggnadsmekanik, Lunds tekniska högskola 2006. CALFEM ver 3.4 - A finite element toolbox, KFS i Lund AB, 2004.