Course syllabus

Beam Theory

VSMN35, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2016/17
Decided by: Education Board D
Date of Decision: 2016-04-08

General Information

Elective for: V4-ko
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The course shall give knowledge about the action of straight and curved beams and about theories for calculation of stiffness, deformations, stresses and instability of beams loaded in 3D, including influence of eigenstresses, and with cross-sections that may vary along the beam and have arbitrary geometrical shape, including thin walled cross-sections.

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 course relates to methods of calculation elastic beams with symmetric/unsymetric, open/closed, solid/hollow constant/varying cross sections, exposed to loading in 3D, including distributed bending, torque, secondary moment and eigenstress:

The course comprises two hand-in tasks: they relate to experimental testing and theoretical calculation of deformations and instability loads.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: The course examination comprises two hand-in tasks and a written examination. Both parts have to be passed. The mark is based on the sum of the points of the two parts.


Admission requirements:

Required prior knowledge: VSMF05 Engineering Modelling: Analysis of Structures.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: VSM091, VSMF15

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Professor Per Johan Gustafsson,
Course homepage:
Further information: Lectures and exercises. It also includes experimental tests with documentation of experimental setups and results.