Nonlinear and Dynamic Analysis of Civil Engineering Structures


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module builds on knowledge gained in the course modules: Structural Mechanics and Dynamics and Material Modelling in Civil Engineering

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Have a general overview of nonlinear effects and mechanisms in civil and structural engineering.
  • Understand numerical solution schemes for nonlinear analysis.
  • Understand nonlinear constitutive behaviour of granular materials, including concrete.
  • Understand numerical treatment of elastoplasticity, including hardening, nonassociated plasticity and strain localization.
  • Understand wave propagation in solids, structures and fluids and related mechanisms, including dissipation and dispersion.
  • Understand numerical solution schemes for wave propagation.


  • Be able to apply the finite-element method for analysis of nonlinear problems involving granular materials.
  • Be able to apply the finite-element method for analysis of wave propagation in solids, structures and fluids.
  • Be able to analyse nonlinear and dynamic response of reinforced concrete structures with the finite-element method.
  • Use correct professional terminology.


  • Be able to choose and develop strategies for numerical analysis of problems involving nonlinear material behaviour and/or wave propagation, including judgement of parameters and shortcomings of the models.
  • Be able to identify and apply proper numerical solution techniques and material models for assessment of reinforced concrete structures in the serviceability and ultimate limit states.

Type of instruction

Lectures, etc. supplemented with project work, workshops.

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 examNonlinear and Dynamic Analysis of Civil Engineering Structures
Type of exam
Oral exam
Oral exam based on portfolio work in groups.
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 titleIkkelineær og dynamisk analyse af bygge- og anlægskonstruktioner
Module codeB-BK-K3A-14
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