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FEM in Structural Engineering

  • Course code: FBOM085
  • Course higher education credits: 7.5
  • Graduate school: Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Course is normally given: The course has been temporalily discontinued. Future occasions will be announced
  • Language: The course will be given in English

Course description

The objectives of the course are to provide an understanding of:

  • The basic features of advanced constitutive models available in commercial FE-codes
  • FE-based methods for analysing important structural phenomena
  • Structural idealizations and how these influence the analysis results. This includes, for example, choice of support conditions, system idealization, and levels of analysis.
  • Use of FEM for both structural design and assessment

Content and Objectives
Preliminary course contents:

  • A short review of the fundamentals of FEM
  • Modelling choices: Choice of support conditions, system idealization, levels of analysis, levels of detailing, combinations of various levels
  • Model checking
  • Modelling of steel structures, including
    -suitable material models and fracture mechanics
    -stability and buckling, and
    - fatigue modelling
  • Modelling of reinforced concrete structures, including
    - non-linear fracture mechanics
    - suitable material models, and
    - steel-concrete interaction
  • Modelling of timber structures, including
    - suitable material models
    - fracture mechanics, and
    - creep
  • Modelling of structures including new construction materials
  • Modelling of interaction between different materials and components
  • System idealization
  • Safety aspects
  • Dynamics
  • Non-linear problems and path-following techniques
  • Fluid-structure interaction
  • Soil-structure interaction

Recommended basis for the course is master level in structural or mechanical engineering. Basic knowledge about design of structures is required, as well as passed courses in basic finite element theory. The course should be of interest for
  • Graduate students, teachers and researchers in structural engineering
  • Practising structural engineers, wanting to specialise in FEM.
Selected journal papers and other texts handed out during the course.
Researcher Carlos Gil Berrocal, Division of Structural Engineering Docent Mario Plos, Head of Division Structural Engineering Adjunct Professor, Costin Pacoste, KTH
More information
The course is part of the graduate school of Sveriges Bygguniversitet, SBU

Published: Tue 22 Aug 2017.