Course syllabus

Continuum Mechanics

FMEN21, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2023/24
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering, LTH
Decided by: PLED M
Date of Decision: 2023-04-11

General Information

Elective for: F4, F4-bem, I4, M4-bem, Pi4-bem
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The purpose of this course is to presents the classical theory of the mechanics of deformable bodies, i.e. continuum mechanics for solid, fluid and gaseous material bodies. The general concepts and principles of continuum mechanics are presented in the formulation of the conservation and balance equations combined with constitutive relations for material bodies. The course also gives an introduction to the algebra and analysis of Cartesian tensors.

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


Deformation and the kinetics of the deformation of bodies, force and stresses in deformable bodies. General equations of conservation and balance for mass, momentum, linear momentum, force, energy and entropy.The relationship between global and local equations of balance. The theory of constitutive equations. Elastic solids and viscous fluids. Mixture theory. Examples of practical applications.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: The examination of the course consists of written exam, compulsory hand in exercises and project work.

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.


Admission requirements:

Assumed prior knowledge: Basic courses in Mechanics, Linear Algebra and Calculus in One Variable and Several Variables.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: FMEF01, FMEN20

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Prof. Aylin Ahadi,
Course homepage:
Further information: The course might be offered in English.