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Design and optimisation of composite structures, with focus on sandwich constructions.

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* Retrieved from Course syllabus SD2416 (Autumn 2007–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Fundamental beam theory for sandwich constructions. Plate theory (Reissner/Mindlin) for sandwich structures. Design considering failure criteria and finite element modelling of sandwich structures. Basic structural optimisation with applications in composite- and sandwich structures. Life cycle analysis, manufacturing and environmental aspects of sandwich structures. Compulsory elements include a hands-on laboration, and a programming- and design assignment.

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the participants are expected to be able to:

  • design sandwich beams and isotropic sandwich plates subjected to transverse loads and in-plane loads with respect to transverse displacement, strength, critical buckling load, natural frequencies and local buckling.
  • determine when sandwich structures are favourable with respect to other structural concepts
  • use optimisation methods, with and without constraints
  • formulate a structural problem as an optimisation problem, and solve it
  • discretise and perform finite element analysis of sandwich structures

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Base programme BD, M, P, T or equivalent. SF1861 Optimization for T, SD2411 Lightweight Structures and FEM and SD2413 Fibre Composites – Analysis and Design are recommended.

Recommended prerequisites

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Zenkert, D. An Introduction to Sandwich Structures, 2006.

Compendium on structural optimisation.

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


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Assignment (LAB; 3 university credits) and written exam (TEN; 3 university credits).

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

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Course web SD2416

Offered by

SCI/Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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