Course syllabus

Teknisk modellering: Bärverksanalys
Engineering Modelling: Analysis of Structures

VSMF05, 7,5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2013/14
Decided by: Education Board D
Date of Decision: 2013-04-19

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Elective Compulsory for: V3
Elective for: M4
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


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 flow problems such as thermal conduction, diffusion and groundwater flow are treated.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
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.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Hand-in assignments, laboratory assignment and written examination.


Required prior knowledge: VSMA05 Structural Mechanics or FHL013 Solid Mechanics, Basic Course.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: VSM150

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Professor Ola Dahlblom,
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