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SG2122 Continuum Mechanics 6.0 credits

Tensors, elastic and fluid materials, constitutive relations.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus SG2122 (Spring 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Tensors in Cartesian and other orthogonal coordinates. Infinitesimal and finite deformation. Hamilton's principle. Linearly elastic materials. The dynamics of beams as application of Hamilton's principle. Elastic (ideal) fluids; linear and non-linear sound waves. Finite elasticity. Dissipative materials (linearly irreversible theory); conservation of energy, entropy inequality. Newtonian fluids.

Intended learning outcomes

To give a common ground for the mechanics of fluids and solids and the connection of these to applications.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

English B / English 6

Mechanics and mathematics of the first and second year. A course in one of the following: analytical mechanics, solid mechanics, or fluid mechanics, is desirable but not mandatory.

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


  • INL1 - Hand in Task, 1.5 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.

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

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Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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