Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


1. Understanding the fundamentals of material modelling within the framework of continuum mechanics
2. Comprehending physical and mathematical description of key features of common material behaviour in civil engineering related to their thermo-mechanical response
3. Understanding the material models within the computational tools commonly used in civil engineering with respect to thermo-mechanical behaviour
4. Analysing critically and comprehensively applied material models

Credits: 5

Schedule: 20.04.2021 - 03.06.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Djebar Baroudi

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Djebar Baroudi

Contact information for the course (valid 17.03.2021-21.12.2112):

Dr. Djear Baroudi


CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    - Elasticity (linear, hyper-elasticity, isotropy, anisotropy, orthotropy)
    - Viscoelasticity
    - Viscoplasticity or creep
    - Plasticity (associative, non-associative)
    - Damage, damage coupled to plasticity 


  • Applies in this implementation:

    • Content
    enumeration of the pdf-material



      2. VISCOELASTICITY  (& some basics of creep)

      3. PLASTICITY   (& Failure Hypotheses )

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures, reading assignment from textbooks, home assignments and exams

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures: 2h x (2 x week) = 4h/week contact teaching

    Guided exercises and homework solving: 2h x (2 x week) contact teaching (1 personal homework/week)

    Self-studies in small groups or alone: at least 2h/day x6weeks x7days = 84 h not contact teaching: preparing, assimilating the course subjects and given reading assignments + doing the homework outside the guiding hours

    Examination: 4h - twice during the academic year student personal performance

    Grades: 0-5. 0-fail, 1-5 pass. Course passing: examination


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Textbooks, lectures and guided exercice sessions, blackboard, student's personal notes and some additional supporting material.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Bachelor's degree studies or equivalent 

    Fundaments of continuum mechanics, Solid Mechanics and Structural Mechanics

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure