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SE2870 Fem for Nonlinear Problems in Solid Mechanics 7.0 credits

The course provides a systematic approach to solving non-linear problems in structural and solid mechanics using finite element technology. The non-linear problems contain instability, contacts, constitutive behaviours, etc.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SE2870 (Spring 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course provides a systematic approach to solving problems in structural mechanics by discussing non-linear solid mechanics, variational principles, FE technology, solving sets of non-linear equations, constitutive modeling, and analyzing instabilities. Theoretical concepts are linked to numerical methods, towards solving problems in structural mechanics.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the participants should be able to

  1. Demonstrate a theoretical understanding of non-linear continuum mechanics (KF2)
  2. Solve a particular problem by application of appropriate solution methods and algorithms (KF2)
  3. Describe the purpose, function, implication and limitation of modeling (KF2)
  4. Combine and integrate different solution strategies to address more challenging problems (FF4)
  5. Demonstrate a practical understanding in applying the FE method as demonstrated by solving typical structural problems (FF4)
  6. Present, analyze and explain derived results in a clear and causal way

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

English B / English 6

Basic course in Solid mechanics, SE1010, SE1020, SE1055 or the equivalent

Basic course on FEM, SE1025 or the equivalent

Recommended prerequisites

SE1010, SE1020 or SE1055 Solid mechanics basic course,
SE1025 FEM for engineering applications,
SE2126 Materialmechanics and
SE2132 Applied elasticity with FEM
SE2860 FEM modelling


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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


  • HEM1 - Home assignments, 4.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 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.

The examiner, in consultation with the KTH Disability Coordinator (Funka), decides on any adapted examination for students with documented permanent impairment. The examiner may grant another examination form for reexamination of single students.

Other requirements for final grade

Approved home assignments and examination.

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 SE2870

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Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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