Material Modelling in Civil Engineering


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Understand fundamental properties of structures and construction materials in civil engineering with emphasis on their mechanical response.
  • Understand fundamental theories and methods for analysis of structural material behaviour, including elasticity and plasticity.
  • Understand fundamental continuum mechanics theories for solids, plates and beams.
  • Have a basic knowledge and understanding of experimental work related to calibration of material models.


  • Use correct terminology regarding the behaviour and modelling of construction materials.
  • Be able to formulate a constitutive model for the behaviour of a construction material.
  • Be able to set up the static, kinematic and constitutive relations for solving a mechanical problem.
  • Be able to apply the principle of virtual work in solving mechanical problems.
  • Be able to apply classical elastic and plastic material models for simulating structural material behaviour.


  • Be able to analyse the behaviour of structures and construction materials.
  • Be able to select and apply appropriate material models for the analysis of structural behaviour under different load conditions.
  • Be able to compare results obtained by different constitutive models and be able to judge the quality of the results.
  • Be able to compare results obtained by different structural models and be able to judge the quality of the results.

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 examMaterial Modelling in Civil 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 titleMaterialemodellering i byggeri og anlæg
Module codeB-BK-K1A-4
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Structural and Civil Engineering)
Study BoardStudy Board of Built Environment
DepartmentDepartment of the Built Environment
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science