Content, progress and pedagogy of the
Students who complete the module:
- Know fundamental theories and methods for analysis of
structures subject to static loads.
- Understand the behaviour of structures subject to static
loading regarding their deformation.
- Understand the solution procedure in Finite Element Analysis of
linear elastic static problems.
- Understand methodology for design of experiments and test
series and for reduction of ambiguity of experimental results, and
for comparability with model predictions.
- Understand elementary and advanced quantification tools, and
their application to validation between model and experiment
- Have a basic knowledge and understanding of experimental work,
including test planning, test conduction, different types of test
equipment, modelling of uncertainties and comparison of model and
test results using statistical methods.
- Use the correct terminology for structural analysis and
- Be able to apply analytical solution methods based on continuum
mechanics for selected static problems.
- Be able to develop and implement a Finite Element software code
for analysis of a selected simple structure subject to static
- Be able to use a commercial Finite Element code for analysing a
given static structural problem.
- Be able to plan and set up a test for determining basic
- Be able to plan and set up a test for finding the strength and
stiffness of a given structure.
- Be able to perform a probabilistic study of the experimental
data in order to quantify the influence of individual
- Be able to scrutinize a model (analytical or numerical) for
comparison with an appropriate experimental study.
- Be able to perform a probabilistic study of the model in order
to quantify the level of confidence.
- Be able to count for the level of coherence between test
results and model predictions.
- Be able to identify invalid data (outliers).
- Be able to account for common errors and limitations in the
processing of model data of experimentally obtained data.
- Be able to select appropriate analysis methods for a given
structural problem, including analytical, numerical and
experimental analysis methods.
- Be able to compare results obtained from different analysis
methods and be able to judge the quality of the results.
- Be able to undertake experiment planning and execution for
refinement and validation (or rejection) of model-based predictions
of phenomena within structural and civil Engineering.
- Be able to quantify errors associated with different types of
analysis and evaluate the methods regarding assumptions and
- Must be able to communicate the results of the project work in
a project report.
- Must be able to contribute successfully to teamwork within the
problem area and make a common presentation of the result of the
Type of instruction
Project work with supervision supplemented with instructions,
workshops, presentation seminars, lab tests, etc.
Extent and expected workload
Since it is a 10 ECTS project module, the workload is
expected to be 300 hours for the student.