Course syllabus

Engineering Mechanics
Teknisk mekanik

FHLA05, 7.5 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2024/25
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering LTH
Decided by: PLED M
Date of Decision: 2024-04-09
Effective: 2024-05-08

General Information

Main field: Technology Depth of study relative to the degree requirements: First cycle, in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
Mandatory for: BME2, K2, W2
Elective mandatory for: N2
Elective for: E4
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The aim of the course is to provide basic knowledge in mechanics and solid mechanics with applications on realistic problems. The course also aims to increase common knowledge in engineering and the ability to build and analyse models.

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 comprises basic parts from rigid body mechanics as well as deformable body mechanics and strength of materials.

In rigid body mechanics both static and dynamic problems are treated. In statics the equations of equilibrium are formulated from free body diagrams and problems with concentrated as well as distributed forces are handled. The distributed forces come from applications in hydrostatics and computation of centroids.

The dynamics part of the course is based on the laws of Newton. Particle motion is described in linear and curvilinear coordinates and the equations of motion of the particle are established. Equivalent formulations based on the principles of preservation of energy and momentum are also treated. Examples of applications are taken both from daily life experience such as climbing ladders, moving furniture, riding a bike or a rollercoaster and technical applications from robotics and ballistics.

In deformable body mechanics the tensorial concepts of stress and strain are first defined. The relations between stress and strain, i.e. constitutive laws, for different materials are established and applications from the dimensioning of different simple construction elements (lines, rods, beams, trusses etc) are treated. Important phenomena such as fatigue and fracture are also discussed.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U, 3, 4, 5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Written final exam complemented by a non-compulsory written midterm diagnostic test which contributes up to 20 percent to the final result, if taken in the same reading period.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0117. Name: Engineering Mechanics.
Credits: 7.5. Grading scale: TH - (U, 3, 4, 5).


Assumed prior knowledge: Mathematics, basic courses.
The number of participants is limited to: No
Kursen överlappar följande kurser: FHLF15 FHLA10

Reading list


Course coordinator: Ralf Denzer,
Course coordinator: Stephen Hall,
Course homepage:

Further information

As a course text we use excerpts from the books Gross et al. Engineering Mechanics, vol 1 - 3. See section Course literature below.