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FAF3212 Non-Linear FEM Civil Engineers 7.5 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FAF3212 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Different strain measures
  • Derivation of non-linear 2D truss, 2D beams, 3D beams, plane and Shell elements
  • Basic plasticity
  • Structural stability analysis
  • Advanced solution procedures
  • Commercial FEM programs for analysis of non-linear problems

Intended learning outcomes

The purpose of this course is to give engineers, scientists and researchers a deeper insight into the finite element method with an emphasis on methodologies and applications for non-linear problems. The fundamental theoretical background, the computer implementations of various techniques and modeling strategies will be treated. Practical implications of recent research developments will be stressed.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

  • Passed courses in basic finite element theory
  • Experience in MATLAB programming

Recommended prerequisites

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Crisfield, M. A., Non-linear Finite Element Analysis of Solids and Structures, Vol. 1: Essentials, J. Wiley & Sons, 1996. (345 pages)

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • INL1 - Home assignment, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 4.5 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.

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

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at ABE/Structural Design & Bridges