Course syllabus

Nanomekanik och flerskalig modellering
Nano Mechanics and Multiscale Modelling

FMEN25, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

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

General Information

Elective for: F4, F4-bem, M4-bem, N4, Pi4
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


Material properties emerge from phenomena on scales ranging from angstroms to meters. A multiscale treatment can provide a basis for an understanding of material behavior on different scales. The course addresses advanced undergraduate and graduate students. The purpose of the course is to present the theories and methods in multiscale modeling of materials and establish relations between atomistic descriptions and continuum mechanics. The course gives basic knowledge about the principles, concepts and methods in nanomechanics based on Euler-Langrange’s, Hamilton’s and Schrödinger’s formulations of the mechanical laws. The general concepts and principles are presented and combined with interatomic potential functions for different materials. The course further involves the basics of classical statistical mechanics and quantum mechanics and provides a framework for further studies in molecular dynamics.

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






Introduction of hierarchy of physical models of materials. Fundamental continuum mechanics and thermodynamics. Lattices and crystal structures. Quantum mechanics. Empirical atomistic models of materials. Molecular statics. Atomistic foundations of continuum concepts: classical equilibrium, statistical mechanics, microscopic expressions for continuum fields, molecular dynamics. Multiscale methods: multi scale modelling, atomistic constitutive relations for multi lattice crystals, atomistic-continuum coupling: static methods, non-zero temperature and dynamics. Overview of fabrication techniques for today's nanostructures and modern experimental methods at the nano scale.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: The examination of the course consists of written exam, compulsory hand in exercises and project work.


Required prior knowledge: Basic course in Continuum Mechanics
The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Aylin Ahadi,
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