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AF2130 Design of Steel Structures According to Eurocode 3 15.0 credits

The course covers the design of steel structures from a basic to advanced level. The course is about how to find the resistance (or load capacity) of structures by means of design calculations. The design calculations follow the European standard EN 1993 – Design of steel structures.

About course offering

For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

Target group

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Part of programme

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Autumn 2024: P1 (3.5 hp), P2 (4.0 hp)

Spring 2025: P3 (7.5 hp)


26 Aug 2024
16 Mar 2025

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Evenings

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

Min: 10

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

Application code



For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students


Bert Norlin, tel. 08-790 7959, e-post


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Course coordinator

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus AF2130 (Autumn 2021–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The term “steel structures” refers to systems of beams and columns including bolted and welded joints. All aspects of special importance for steel structures are treated, such as column buckling, lateral torsional buckling, plate buckling and fatigue. In short the course content is described by the following keywords: material properties, shear resistance with regard to shear buckling, moment resistance with regard to local buckling and lateral torsional buckling, axial resistance with regard to local buckling, flexural buckling and lateral torsional buckling, bolted connections, welded joints and fatigue.

Intended learning outcomes

The course gives knowledge and skills in the design of steel structures according to Eurocode 3 (EC3). The aims of the course are to learn not yet active designers relatively advanced design of steel structures and partly to ease the transition from BSK to EC3 for already active designers. After having completed the course the objective is that the student should be able to design structural steel components in general, especially for building structures and bridges.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Documented knowledge in Structural mechanics and Structural engineering minimum 20 ECTS corresponding to the content in courses AF1005, AF1006 and AF2003 alternative AF1734, AF1735, AF1746 and AF1747

Courses from Upper Secondary School corresponding to the courses Sv B/6

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, 6.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercises, 9.0 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

Approved design exercises and a written exam.

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, tel. 08-790 7959, e-post

Supplementary information

The course is offered in the evenings and the study rate is about 25%.