Stress and Deformation Analyses of Load Carrying Structural Elements


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Have gained an in-depth understanding of theoretical and experimental determination of the stress and deformation states occurring in a structural element when carrying a mechanical load.
  • Have attained an understanding for methods of analysis and experimental methods and the characteristics of their applications and limitations


  • Be able to set up the governing equations for the theory of elasticity.
  • Be able to demonstrate the properties of the strain and stress tensors.
  • Be able to account for the implementation and practical use of the analytical, numerical, and experimental methods applied in the project.
  • Be able to give a critical evaluation of the methods applied for stress and deformation analyses and the results obtained.
  • Be able to use correct terminology.
  • Be able to compare theoretical and experimental results.
  • Be able to critically evaluate applied methods and their results.


  • Be able to analyze a load carrying element on the basis of model considerations, using continuum mechanics, and by applying numerical methods including the finite element method.
  • Be able to investigate the behavior of a structural element under mechanical loading with experimental techniques such as strain gauges and digital image measurement techniques.
  • Be able to compare theoretical and experimental results carefully, and critically evaluate the methods applied and the results obtained.
  • Be able to apply the background and the insight obtained, on intuitive design optimization, and suggest geometrical changes or a redesign including change of material.

Type of instruction

The module is carried out as group-based problem-oriented project work. The group work is carried out as an independent work process in which the students themselves organize and coordinate their workload in collaboration with a supervisor. The project is carried out in groups with normally no more than 6 members.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 10 ECTS course module the expected workload is 300 hours for the student.



Name of examStress and Deformation Analyses of Load Carrying Structural Element
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Additional information

This course are followed by students without a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing from Aalborg University (INTRO semester).

Facts about the module

Danish titleSpændings- og deformationsanalyse af kraftoverførende konstruktion
Module codeM-DMS-K1-2
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Mechanical Engineering and Physics
DepartmentDepartment of Materials and Production
FacultyFaculty of Engineering and Science