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AF2003 Structural Engineering, Advanced Course 7.5 credits

In this course, engineering structures composed of beams and plates will be treated. The course will give generic knowledge for further studies in specialized courses. Appropriate continuation courses are, e.g., AF2101 Concrete structures, AF2213 Steel and timber and AF2201 Bridge design.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus AF2003 (Autumn 2021–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Statically indeterminate structures.
  • Displacement method
  • Energy methods
  • Stress state in beams and plates due to bending and torsion in the elastic range
  • Linear elastic instability of beams and column systems

Intended learning outcomes

The overall aim of the course is to give knowledge and tools for analysis and design of civil structures with special reference to load bearing resistance. After having passed the course the student should be able to

  • Describe the behaviour of an arbitrary structure and explain the difference between a statically determinate structure and a statically indeterminate structure.
  • Analytically calculate the internal forces in statically indeterminate beams and frames, also with consideration of torsion in plane grids.
  • Explain the relation between section forces, stresses and strains within the elastic range.
  • Explain and analyse instability phenomena of beams, columns and column systems.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Documented knowledge in Structural mechanics and Structural engineering, 15 ECTS corresponding to the content in courses AF1005 and AF1006.

Eng B/6 according to the Swedish upper secondary school system

Recommended prerequisites

Documented knowledge in Differential Equations corresponding to the content in course SF1676 Differential Equations with Applications.


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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, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - 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

Passed written exam (4,5 ECTS credits)
Passed exercises (3 ECTS credits)

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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Built Environment

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Bert Norlin (

Supplementary information

This course will be given in English within the international master programme Infrastructure Engineering – Roads/Railway track/Bridges/Tunnels.