AF2203 Advanced Bridge Design 7.5 credits

Brokonstruktion fortsättningskurs

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.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Built Environment
  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Autumn 19 for programme students

Autumn 18 for programme students

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 main content

─ 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.


150 ECTS including AF2201 Bridge Design, AF2024 Finite Element Methods and AF2011 Structural Dynamics for Civil Engineersor equivalent courses.And documented proficiency in English corresponding to English B.

Recommended prerequisites

AF2201  Bridge Design or equivalent course.

SF1676 Differential Equations with Applications or equivalent course.


Textbooks and handouts from courses AF2201 Bridge Design and AF2024 Finite Element Methods in Analysis and Design.

Lecture notes and handouts


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

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.

Offered by

ABE/Structural Design & Bridges


Raid Karoumi,, 08-790 9084


Raied Karoumi <>


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2017.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2011.