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AF1005 Structural Engineering, Basic Course 7.5 credits

The course gives a basic understanding of the mode of action of different types of building structures, and basic knowledge about the process of structural design for concrete, wood and steel structures.


The course deals with the properties of commonly used structural materials regarding strength and deformation. Analyses are mainly performed for individual structural parts included in load bearing structures regarding permissible loads and deformations, e.g. beams, columns and frames.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus AF1005 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Principles for load bearing systems of different materials, such as concrete, steel and wood
  • Simplification of real structural systems
  • Loads and load distribution in buildings
  • Trusses
  • Calculation and drawing of diagrams for bending moments, axial forces and shear forces
  • Calculation of longitudinal and shear stresses for common cross sections
  • Strength of construction materials
  • Application of the elastic curve on beams and columns
  • Personal design project. Terrace of wood. The project contains simplified structural design and cost optimization

Intended learning outcomes

To give basic knowledge about the analysis and design of building structures regarding load bearing capacity.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

For students not registered on a KTH programme:

120 university credits (hp) including Structural Mechanics basic courseequivalent to at least 7,5 ECTS points. And documented proficiency in English corresponding to English B.

For students registered on a KTH programme:

AF1006 Structural Mechanics, Basic course 

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • TEN1 - Examination, 1.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Project, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • ÖVN2 - Exercises, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Written examination (TEN1; 1,5 cr)
Engineering task (ÖVN1; 3 cr)
Exercises (ÖVN2; 3 cr)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web AF1005

Offered by

ABE/Concrete Structures

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

AF2003 Structural Engineering, Advanced Course 


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