Study Guide@lith

Linköping Institute of Technology

Valid for year : 2017
TMHL03 Mechanics of Light Structures, 6 ECTS credits.
/Hållfasthetslära; Lätta konstruktioner/

For:   AER   M   MEC   Y  


Prel. scheduled hours: 48
Rec. self-study hours: 112

  Area of Education: Technology

Main field of studies: Mechanical Engineering

  Advancement level (G1, G2, A): A

The course is to give the student a basic knowledge about the relations needed in order to analyze thin walled structures (plates and shells) with respect to stresses and deformations, and the ability to independently apply this knowledge to concrete problems. At the end of the course, the student shall be able to
  • give an account of basic aspects of the classical plate and shell theory
  • solve problems regarding the stress- and deformation states in loaded thin-walled structures
  • identify unrealistic results
The course is also a preparation for further studies in Solid Mechanics.

Prerequisites: (valid for students admitted to programmes within which the course is offered)
Multi-variable calculus, basic Solid Mechanics including multi-axial stress states

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshhold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.

Supplementary courses:
Damage Mechanics and Life Analysis, Continuum Mechanics, Mechanics of Materials, Project course in Solid Mechanics/Engineering Materials, The Finite Element Method- FEM, Mechanical vibrations and fatigue

Lectures, teaching classes, laboratory work

Course contents:
Basic relations of Solid Mechanics, classical theory for in plane loaded plates including the Airy stress function, the Kirchhoff plate theory with applications to strip plates, symmetrically loaded circular plates and simply supported rectangular plates, buckling analysis of simply supported rectangular plates, membrane theory for shells of revolution, bending theory for symmetrically loaded cylindrical shells with applications to tanks and pressure vessels

Course literature:
Ugural A.C., Stresses in plates and shells, McGraw-Hill
Sundström B. (red), Handbok och formelsamling i Hållfasthetslära, Institutionen för Hållfasthetslära, KTH
additional material handed out

Written examination
Laboratory work

Course language is English.
Department offering the course: IEI.
Director of Studies: Peter Schmidt
Examiner: Bo Torstenfelt
Link to the course homepage at the department

Course Syllabus in Swedish

Linköping Institute of Technology


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Last updated: 08/31/2016