Course syllabus

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Solid Mechanics, Basic Course

FHL013, 15 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2015/16
Decided by: Education Board E
Date of Decision: 2015-04-13

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: M2, MD2
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


The aim is to achieve such a knowledge within solid mechanics that every Master of Mechanical Engineering is expected to possess.

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


The content of the course is given by the description of the separate courses.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Both parts (AKI and AKII) of the course include written examinations and grades are given for each part. In order to achieve a final grade, it is required that the laborations and projects are completed and approved. In part one (AKI) written examinations are adopted during the course, so called continuous examination.

Code: 0199. Name: Solid Mechanics, Basic Course I.
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: See general description in the beginning. Contents: The course treats uniaxial stress and deformation analysis with application to design wih respect to allowable stresses and deformations in bars under axial loads, beams under bending loads, and circular bars under twisting loads. The basic concepts of normal and shear stress, normal and shear strain are defined. Based on measurements on uniaxial test pieces idealized constitutive models are formulated, which exhibit elastic, plastic and viscoelastic behaviour. The difference between statically determinate and indeterminate problems are discussed with respect to the solution methodology, and the need for deformation conditions at statically indeterminate problems is paid attention. Elementary stability theory for axially compressed struts is discussed, and design with respect to the Eulerian elementary cases is treated.
Code: 0299. Name: Solid Mechanics, Basic Course II.
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: See the description in the beginning. Contents: The uniaxial concepts from AKI are first generalized, i.e. the general elastic boundary value problem is formulated (this comprises the generalized stress and strain state, Hooke's generalized law, the general equilibrium equations and the corresponding boundary conditions). As examples of solution or the general elastic boundary value problem, torsion of beams with non-circular cross-section and the response of axisymmetric discs are treated. Then the theory of strain gauges is given and the practical application is illustrated in a laboratory task. As design criteria for structural and mechanical components, yield criteria, fracture mechanics and fatigue are considered. Then a systematic matrix approach for analysis of truss structures is given and the principle of virtual work is introduced. Finally, an introduction to the dynamic response of simple structures is given.


Required prior knowledge: FMA430 Calculus in Several Variables, FMEA30 Engineering Mechanics.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: FHL021, FHL055, FHL105, FHLA01

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Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Professor Niels Saabye Ottosen,
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