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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.

About course offering

For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

Target group

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Part of programme

Master's Programme, Civil and Architectural Engineering, åk 2, Conditionally Elective


P2 (7.5 hp)


28 Oct 2024
13 Jan 2025

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

Min: 10

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

Application code



For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students


Raid Karoumi,, 08-790 9084


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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

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 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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Raid Karoumi,, 08-790 9084