Syllabus academic year 2010/2011
(Created 2010-07-25.)
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Cycle: A (Second Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course might be given in English. Optional for: F4, F4bem, I4, M4bem, M4fo, M4pu, MD4, Pi4, Pi4bs. Course coordinator: Docent Mathias Wallin,, Solid Mechanics. Recommended prerequisits: FHL064, FHLF01Finite Element Method or similar course. The course might be cancelled if the number of applicants is less than 16. Assessment: The examination in the course consists of one mid-term exam and one project. The mid-term exam will cover theoretical aspects of the underlying optimization algorithms and their connection with structural optimization whereas the project is related to the implementation of the optimization algorithms in a finite element environment. The mid-term exam will be given two times per year whereas the project is given once in conjunction with the course. Home page:

In stuctural optimization the problem of finding the 'optimal' design is considered. The term 'optimal' design can apply to various aspects and the common features are minimum weight or maximum stiffness of a structure. The course is aimed to give the student knowledge and fundamental understanding of modern tools that are commercially available.

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 following topics will be considered in the course


An introduction to structural optimization,
Christensen, P and Klarbring, A
Springer-Verlag, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-4020-8665-6
CALFEM - A finite element toolbox to MATLAB. Studentlitteratur.