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AF2202 Bridge Design, Advanced Course 6.0 credits

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.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus AF2202 (Autumn 2010–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

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

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

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


  • 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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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

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

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