Course Syllabus for

Continuum Mechanics

FMEN21F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Autumn 2018
Decided by: Professor Per Kristiansson
Date of establishment: 2018-05-04

General Information

Division: Mechanics
Course type: Course given jointly for second and third cycle
The course is also given at second-cycle level with course code: FMEN21
Teaching language: English


The purpose of this course is to presents the classical theory of the mechanics of deformable bodies, i.e. continuum mechanics for solid, fluid and gaseous material bodies. The general concepts and principles of continuum mechanics are presented in the formulation of the conservation and balance equations combined with constitutive relations for material bodies. The course also gives an introduction to the algebra and analysis of Cartesian tensors.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Course Contents

Deformation and the kinetics of the deformation of bodies, force and stresses in deformable bodies. General equations of conservation and balance for mass, momentum, linear momentum, force, energy and entropy.The relationship between global and local equations of balance. The theory of constitutive equations. Elastic solids and viscous fluids. Mixture theory. Examples of practical applications.

Course Literature

Ahadi, A.: Lecture notes, Continuum mechanics. Division of Mechanics Lund University, 2017.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, exercises

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written exam, written assignments
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Assumed prior knowledge: Basic courses in Engineering Mechanics, Linear Algebra and Calculus.

Course Occasion Information

Contact and Other Information

Course coordinator: Aylin Ahadi <>
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