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SE1021 Solid Mechanics, Basic Course with computation excercises 9.0 credits

All materials, components and products deform when they are loaded. They will fail at high enough load. This is central for their utility and function. In design work, knowledge is required regarding the pertinent mechanisms and phenomena. In addition, an ability to use this in combination with other knowledge is needed, to formulate and analyse engineering problems with the purpose to determine relevant quantities. The basics for reliable and safe products is given in this course.

About course offering

For course offering

Autumn 2024 Hållf. CMATD programme students

Target group

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Part of programme

Degree Programme in Materials Design and Engineering, åk 2, Mandatory


P1 (9.0 hp)


26 Aug 2024
27 Oct 2024

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

Places are not limited

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Autumn 2024 Hållf. CMATD programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SE1021 (Autumn 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course shall provide knowledge of the basic concepts and principles of solid mechanics, knowledge of the mechanical properties of construction materials, knowledge of methods for solving technically important problems within solid mechanics, with particular application to differential equations. The course should provide the ability to independently apply the aforementioned knowledge during solution of practical problems.

- Uniaxial theory for normal and shear stress in elasticity, plasticity and thermoelasticity. Applications to trusses, torsion and bending. Fatigue design using handbook.

- Multiaxial stress theory in elasticity, incipient plasticity and thermoelasticity. Applications to planar problems, including axisymmetric cases.

− Derivation of differential equations within solid mechanics, solving them analytically and with MatLab.

Intended learning outcomes

After completing Solid mechanics, basic course with computation exercises, the student should be able to:

− calculate stress and deformation states in structures based on one-dimensional models for slender bodies (bars, shafts, beams).

− use correct stress and strain calculations in two- and three-dimensional bodies and structures to design with respect to, either, deformation, plasticity, ultimate strength or fatigue life, or combinations of these.

− formulate and follow an appropriate solution strategy and present force diagrams as well as dimensionally correct and reasonable solutions for idealized engineering problems.

− derive differential equations that describe idealized engineering problems, and solve them analytically and/or numerically.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

SG1120 Mechanics I

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


  • BER1 - Computation exercise, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • KON1 - Partial exam, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • LAB1 - Laboratory work, - credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - 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.

Test writing and final exam will together examine the content of the course, except for the part on differential equations, which is examined with computational exercises. The laboratory work consists of a demonstration of a modern solid mechanics laboratory, its machinery and other equipment.

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

Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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