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* Retrieved from Course syllabus FSE3111 (Spring 2019–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course will give a thorough treatment of continuum mechanics for solid materials. Particular emphasis will be given to materials and structures that experience large deformations. Application areas are for example rubber like materials, soft tissue biomaterials and large plastic deformations in metallic materials. The lectures will address theoretical issues, which will be illustrated by simple examples. More advanced problems will be solved in homework assignments.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the students should

  • be able to correctly apply advanced large deformation theories in modelling of structuresand components
  • be able to read and understand advanced scientific publications on material models for large deformations
  • be confident with tensor analysis both in Cartesian and curvilinear coordinatesystems
  • be able to apply and evaluate the most common stress, strain and deformation measures
  • be able to model rubber like materials, for example soft tissuebiomaterials
  • be familiar with different approaches for large strain plasticity
  • understand finite element implementations for largedeformations

Course Disposition

18 lectures (each 3 h)

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

A course in solid mechanics at the basic level is required. It is strongly recommended that the course participants also have some additional courses in solid mechanics such as material mechanics, theory of elasticity, theory of plasticity or continuum mechanics at the advanced level.

Recommended prerequisites

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  • Holzapfel, G., Nonlinear Solid Mechanics, A Continuum Approach for Engineering, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2000. Paperback: ISBN: 9780471823193
  • Brannon, R., Curvilinear Analysis in a Euclidean Space, the text can be downloaded for free from the website http://

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale



  • HEM1 - Home assignments, 6,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 6,0 hp, betygsskala: 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.

Five compulsory homework assignments and written examination.

Other requirements for final grade

Passed homework assignments and written examination. The grades are pass or fail.

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

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Course web FSE3111

Offered by

SCI/Solid Mechanics

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

For information on course offer, contact program responsible,
Per-Lennart Larsson,

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at SCI/Solid Mechanics