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AF2203 Advanced Bridge Design 7.5 credits

This course deals with the application of the finite element method for design and analysis of bridges. Fatigue, dynamic loads as well as life-cycle-costs are considered. The analysis of a steel footbridge is studied in more detail as a project task.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus AF2203 (Autumn 2021–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

─ The finite element method for bridge analyses

─ FEM modelling

─ Fatigue analysis

─ Box girder bridges

─ Life-cycle-cost analyses

─ Bridge construction methods

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

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 analyses

─ Use a commercial FE program to model and analyse bridges in 3D

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

─ Use probabilistic methods in design and assessment of bridges

─ Analyse box girder bridges

─ Calculate life-cycle-costs of bridges

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Documented knowledge in Bridge Design, Finite Element Methods in Analysis and Design and Structural Dynamics for Civil Engineers, equivalent to at least 3 times 7,5 ECTS corresponding to the content in courses AF2201, AF2024 and AF2011.

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


  • PRO1 - Project, 6.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercises, 1.5 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.

PRO1 - Approved project task (6 ECTS credits)

ÖVN1 - Passed exercises (1,5 ECTS credits)

Grading is based on the quality and amount of work and time spent on the project task including the written report and the oral presentation. In addition, the student compliance with the deadlines and also the results from the lecture quizzes are considered.

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 AF2203

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Main field of study

Built Environment

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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