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SD2432 Lightweight Design 20.0 credits

A project based design course. A lightweight product is developed from idea to reality. The course covers design, analysis, manufacturing and verification.

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For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students

Application code


Headings with content from the Course syllabus SD2432 (Spring 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course consists mainly of project-oriented teamwork such as planning, technical design, experimental investigations and manufacturing. In addition, regular informative and decisive project meetings are held, and frequent informal discussions with teachers. Opportunities to practice leading roles such as project manager, group leader and treasurer could occur. A number of relevant guest lectures in topics ranging from purely technical to project management and communication techniques are planned, normally after consultation with the course participants.

Intended learning outcomes

The technical aim is to develop an advanced lightweight application from specification to product, constrained by a given budget.

After completion of the course the participants should be able to

  • work effectively in a project environment and understand mechanisms behind progress and difficulties in such a setting
  • communicate in writing, orally and graphically
  • to analyze technical problems from a systems (holistic) perspective
  • choose and use adequate engineering methods and tools
  • handle technical problems which might be incompletely stated and subject to multiple constraints
  • pursue own ideas and realise them practically
  • assess the quality of work, performed by themselves and others

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

The course is primarily intended for students in the specialisation program Lightweight Structures.

English B / English 6

Recommended prerequisites

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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


  • ÖVN1 - Exercises, 5.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • ÖVN2 - Exercises, 5.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • ÖVN3 - Exercises, 5.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • ÖVN4 - Exercises, 5.0 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Course work (ÖVN1-5) and completed project.

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

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Stefan Hallström,, tel. 070-349 6440