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Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus SE2142 (Autumn 2012–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course will give a thorough treatment of elastic and plastic contact mechanics. The fatigue phenomena of fretting and rolling contact fatigue will be treated including dimensioning. Numerical treatment of contact problems.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the students should be able to analyse

  • 2- and 3-dimensional elastic contact problems using classic contact mechanics: line- and point loads, Hertzian contacts;
  • elastic problems with tangential-, sliding or rolling contacts;
  • plastic contact problem, indentation;
  • fatigue problems at contacts: fretting and rolling contact fatigue.
  • Understand and be able to solve contact problems using numerical tools.
  • Know the couplings between normal- and tangential loads and deformations.
  • Know the relations for thermo-elastic contact, contact of rough surfaces, adhesion.

Course Disposition

Lecture sessions, tutorials and own work with home assignments.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

  • Basic course in Solid Mechanics: SE1010, SE1012, SE1020 or SE1055.
  • SE1025 FEM for engineering applications

One of the advanced courses:

  • SE2132 Applied Elasticity with FEM
  • SE2126 Material Mechanics

or the equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

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  • Johnson, KL.Contact mechanics, Cambridge University Press, 1987.
  • Handouts.

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


  • PRO1 - Project Assignment, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 6,0 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.

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

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web SE2142

Offered by

SCI/Solid Mechanics

Main field of study


Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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