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SE1010 Solid Mechanics, Basic Course with Project 12.0 credits

All materials, components and products deform when they are loaded, and if they are loaded too much, they break. Such is often central to their use and function. This requires understanding and knowledge of the underlying mechanisms and phenomena. In addition, an ability to correctly use this (and other engineering) knowledge is required to formulate and analyze engineering problems, and then determine relevant quantities and their values. That kind of knowledge and ability is necessary to design reliable and reliable products. The subject is therefore central to many engineering educations.

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Autumn 2024 Hållf CFATE programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SE1010 (Autumn 2023–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

To acquire knowledge about the basic principles and terminology of solid mechanics, mechanical behaviour of engineering materials, methods to solve important types of solid mechanics problems and ability to apply this knowledge for solution of simple problems of practical importance

Intended learning outcomes

In design and development of advanced products and process, it is important to assure the functionality.  All products and processes are required to have the correct stiffness and not to break under service.  In this course, you will learn about the mechanical properties of materials and components and how this knowledge is used to design products and processes with respect to stiffness and strength.  Knowledge in strength of materials and solid mechanics design will make product development much more efficient since you will be able to answer question such as ”Does it break?” or ”Will there be too much deformations?” even before the prototypes has been built.

After the course, the participant should be able to:

  • determine stresses and deformations in truss structures, frames and composites using models for rods and beams
  • determine stresses and deformations in axisymmetric structure
  • determine the loading applied on a crack
  • design structures mentioned above from knowledge of the applied loading and the mechanical behaviour of the material
  • determine the applicability of the models above and also understand the order of the approximations included in the models
  • present, within the framework of a project work, the solution to a problem in solid mechanics summarized in a written report.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

CMAST: SG1130 Mechanics I
CFATE: SG1132 Mechanics I Inclusive Project
or the equivalent

Recommended prerequisites

Mathematics I and II and program introductory course.


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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


  • KON2 - Partial exam, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, - credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN2 - Written exam, 4.5 credits, grading scale: 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.

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.

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Education cycle

First cycle

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Transitional regulations

The new examination modules KON2 and TEN2 together correspond to the previous examination modules DIA1 and TEN1.

Students who previously had the module DIA1 reported will be reported on TEN1 (6 credits) according to the old version when the two modules KON2 (4.5 credits) and TEN2 (4.5 credits) according to the new version are approved.