Syllabus academic year 2008/2009
(Created 2008-07-17.)

Higher education credits: 8. Grading scale: TH. Level: G1 (First level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. VSMA05 overlap following cours/es: VSM025, VSM140 och VSM141. Compulsory for: V2. Course coordinator: Susanne Heyden,, Byggnadsmekanik. Recommended prerequisits: VSM010 Mechanics. Assessment: Two hand-in assignments (one of which is also presented orally), one laboratory assignment and one written examination. Home page:

The aim of the course is to give an introduction to structural mechanics with application to types of structures that are common in buildings and infrastructure.

The course is built upon previous courses in especially mechanics, mathematics and material science and is intended as basic general knowledge for a MSc in Civil Engineering and to give necessary prerequisites for further studies in structural engineering and more advanced structural mechanics.

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

The course starts with a revision of free-body diagrams and equilibrium, with application to trusses, and introduction of the concepts stress and strain.

After that follows a compehensive treatment of Bernoulli's beam theory:

Finally, some furter subjects within structural mechanics are introduced:

Heyden, S, Dahlblom, O, Olsson, O, Sandberg, G: Introduktion till strukturmekaniken.
Studentlitteratur 2007. ISBN: 91-8855829-0
Reference literature for hand-in assignments: Svenska språknämnden: Svenska skrivregler. Liber, 2003. ISBN:47-04974-X