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SE2132 Applied Elasticity with FEM 9.0 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SE2132 (Spring 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course gives the foundation for two- and three dimensional theory of elasticity with applications to plates, shells, contact problems and rubber materials. The finite element method (FEM) is used throughout the course for analysis of more complicated problems of practical interest.

Intended learning outcomes

A structural analysis is fundamental to the design of competitive products, i.e. to minimize costs while ensuring proper product functionality. Consequently, a variety of numerical solid mechanical analysis tools as well as analytical methods are applied across different industries to ensure competiveness. This course aims at providing the know-how for a targeted use of such tools and methods. Specifically, the course focuses on an elastic solid mechanical analysis and provides students with theoretical and practical knowledge in order to solve practical engineering problems.

After the course, the participants should be able to

  • account for the basic assumptions used for analysis of plates, shells and contact problems.
  • explain the implications of these assumptions.
  • formulate governing equations and boundary conditions for quasi-static two- and three dimensional problems of elasticity.
  • solve simple quasi-static two- and three dimensional problems of elasticity using analytical methods.
  • use a commercial finite element program in order to solve more complicated two- and three dimensional problems of elasticity.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

English B / English 6

SE1025 FEM for engineering applications or the equivalent.
SE1025 can be read in parallel with SE2126 during the first reading period in the autumn.

Recommended prerequisites

Basic course in solid mechanics SE1010, SE1020, SE1021, SE1055 or the equivalent.


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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


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Exercise, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Written exam (TEN1; 4,5 university credits)
Laboratory work (LAB1; 1,5 university credits)
Project (PRO1; 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

Course web

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Course web SE2132

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Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

Advanced courses in solid mechanics.


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