Course Syllabus for

Structural Stability

VBK005F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Autumn 2015
Decided by: FN3 /Per Tunestål
Date of establishment: 2016-03-02

General Information

Division: Structural Engineering
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching language: English


Achieving basic understanding of structural stability and apply it to various problems in structural engineering / structural mechanics


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

1. Introduction - generally about buckling of bars, lateral torsional buckling and buckling of plates 2. II and III-order theory 3. Energy Method 4. Stability of infinitely rigid struts on elastic foundation 5. Buckling: equilibrium method and energy method 6. Buckling: elastic beams with varying cross section, elastic beams on elastic foundation, etc. 7. Beam columns 8. Derivation of II-orders equations, flexural buckling, torsional buckling and lateral torsional buckling. 9. Buckling of frames 10. Buckling of arches 11. Bracing 12. Discussion

Course Literature

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, exercises, project

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written report, written assignments, seminars given by participants
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Further Information

Two types of examinations are possible: 1. Examination by solving a number of tasks - giving 7.5 points 2. Examination by solving a number of tasks and write a report on them - 10 points

Course Occasion Information

Contact and Other Information

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