AF2202 Bridge Design, Advanced Course 6.0 credits

Bridge Design, Advanced Course

This course deals with design and analysis of bridges utilising the finite element method. Fatigue, life-cycle-costs as well as repair and maintenance of bridges are also considered. The analysis of a slab frame railway bridge is studied in more detail as a project task.

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

─     The finite element method for bridge analysis

─     FEM modelling

─     Fatigue analysis

─     Life-cycle-cost analysis

─     Repair and maintenance of bridges

─     Bridge construction methods

Design and analysis of a slab frame bridge is included in the course as a project task.

Including part of AF2019

Intended learning outcomes *

The aim of this course is to give advanced knowledge on analysis and design of bridges. After this course, the student will be able to:

─     Understand the concept and application of FEM for bridge analysis

─     Use the commercial FE program LUSAS to model bridges in 3D

─     Consider fatigue in design according to the Eurocode (EC3)

─     Describe methods for bridge repair

─     Calculate life-cycle-costs of bridges

─     Analyse and design slab frame bridges

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

180 credits academic studies in Engineering, Science, Economics or Planning and documented proficiency in English B or equivalent (TOEFL, IELTS  e g).

AF2201  Bridge Design

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

Grading scale *

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

Examination *

  • PRO1 - Project, 4.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercises, 2.0 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.

ÖVN1 (Exercises 2 ECTS credits)

PRO 1 Project (4 ECTS credits)

Other requirements for final grade *

Passed exercises (2 ECTS credits)           

Approved project task (4 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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Raied Karoumi

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 AF2202

Offered by

ABE/Structural Design & Bridges

Main field of study *

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Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Raid Karoumi,, 08-7909084

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.

Supplementary information

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