Advanced Structural Engineering


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module builds on knowledge gained on 1st semester

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


Students who complete the module:

  • Should have basic knowledge about non-linear effects in structural response, i.e. influence of large displacements, plasticity or other non-linear material behavior and dynamic effects.
  • Should have knowledge about advanced structural analysis and its applications in engineering.
  • Should have knowledge about non-linear behavior of thin-walled structures i.e. buckling and postbuckling behavior and influence of geometric imperfections.
  • Should have knowledge of modelling joints in structures linear as well as non-linear.
  • Should have knowledge about non-linear Finite Element analysis of thin-walled structures.


Students who complete the module:

  • Should be able to formulate a mechanical/mathematical model for structures behaving non-linearly.
  • Should be able to formulate geometrically non-linear models for thin-walled structures involving buckling, postbuckling and imperfection sensitivity.
  • Should be able to estimate the stability load for simplified thin-walled structures based on analytical models.
  • Should be able to formulate mechanical/mathematical models for joints in structures e.g. flexible joints in frame structures.
  • Should have sufficient background to choose an appropriate numerical model i.e. type of element and type of non-linear solution algorithm.
  • Should be able to analyze a structure/structural component by a non-linear Finite Element code.
  • Should be able to verify the numerical results from Finite Element calculations by analytical models or other simplified models.
  • Should be able to interpret the results from a non-linear Finite Element calculation.


Students who complete the module:

  • Should be able to participate in non-linear analysis of engineering structures and participate in a dialog on structural modifications in order to improve the structural response.
  • Should be able to model and analyze thin-walled structures with geometric non-linear behavior and participate in a dialog of non-linear analysis of other structures.

Type of instruction

Lectures, etc. supplemented with project work, workshops, presentation seminars, lab tests.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS project module, the workload is expected to be 150 hours for the student.



Name of examAdvanced Structural Engineering
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Individual oral or written exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleAvancerede konstruktionsanalyser
Module codeB-BK-K2A-10
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Built Environment
DepartmentDepartment of the Built Environment
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science