Course syllabus

Design of Bridges and Advanced Structures
Konstruktion av broar och avancerade konstruktioner

VBKN15, 7.5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2024/25
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering LTH
Decided by: PLED V
Date of Decision: 2024-04-17
Effective: 2024-05-08

General Information

Depth of study relative to the degree requirements: Second cycle, in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
Elective for: V5-ko
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


The course gives relevant knowledge for the design and evaluation of bridges and other advanced structures that are suitable for larger spans, for example, cable supported structures, stress ribbon structures, and arches.

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 includes lectures, seminars, exercises, guest lectures by practitioning engineers and / or architects, and possible study visits. A great part of the course is devoted to two project tasks, the first consisting of the design of a road bridge. The first task is performed with planning and design calculations on a relatively detailed level. The second project involves the conceptual design of a long span structure. The second project is peer-reviewed at two workshops and is to be presented at end of the course.

Examination details

Grading scale: UG - (U, G) - (Fail, Pass)

Design Projects (written report, participation in workshops, and oral presentation) and individual exam. The date for the individual exam is decided during the course.

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: 0224. Name: Project Assignment 1.
Credits: 3.0. Grading scale: UG - (U, G). Assessment: Written report The module includes: Detailed design, composite bridge
Code: 0324. Name: Project Assignment 2.
Credits: 3.0. Grading scale: UG - (U, G). Assessment: Written report, peer-review, participation in workshops, and oral presentation The module includes: Conceptual design of bridge with long span width - bridge type and material to be chosen by students
Code: 0124. Name: Oral Examination.
Credits: 1.5. Grading scale: UG - (U, G). Assessment: Oral exam The module includes: All course content


Admission requirements:

Assumed prior knowledge: VSMF15 Beam theory, VSMF05 Engineering Modelling: Analysis of Structures
The number of participants is limited to: No
Kursen överlappar följande kurser: VBK041

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Course coordinator: Ivar Björnsson,
Teacher: Thomas Kamrad,
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