Stiffness Analysis of Load-Bearing Structures


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


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 data.
  • 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. 


Students who complete the module:

  • Use the correct terminology for structural analysis and design.
  • 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 loading.
  • 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 material properties.
  • 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 parameters.
  • 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.


Students who complete the module:

  • 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 simplifications.
  • 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 project work.


  • Must be able to apply problem solving
  • Must be able to use problem identification
  • Must be able to apply objectives (cooperation agreement)
  • Must be able to use contextual involvement (user involvement)
  • Must be able to analyse teamwork/team composition
  • Must have knowledge of process analysis
  • Must be able to use problem formulation
  • Must be able to assess meetings/scheduling of meetings
  • Must be able to analyse time planning
  • Must be able to apply problem analysis
  • Must be able to analyse personal competencies and wishes
  • Must be able to assess problem solving
  • Must be able to apply project management
  • Must be able to apply impact assessment

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.



Name of examStiffness Analysis of Load-Bearing Structures
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Oral group exam based on presentation seminar and project report.
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 titleStivhedsanalyse af bærende konstruktioner
Module codeB-BK-K1A-6
Module typeProject
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