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.


  • Understand the main concepts of continuum mechanics: material (Lagrange) and spatial (Euler) representations, transition and velocity fields
  • Understand deformation and stress state concepts and mathematical representations: deformation and deformation speed sensor, traction and stress tensor
  • Understand the concepts and mathematical representations of the continuum equilibrium and balance equations: mass conservation, momentum and momentum balances, energy balance
  • Is familiar with the basic concepts of constitutive modeling of the continuum and basic solid-liquid thermomechanical models
  • Understand how to mathematically describe the behavior of materials in engineering using the principles of continuum mechanics

Credits: 5

Schedule: 20.04.2021 - 28.05.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Athanasios Markou

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Athanasios Markou

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

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:

    • what is a continuum
    • kinematics of a Continuum: displacement, deformation and configuration, material and spatial descriptions, strain, rate of deformation
    • stress state: stress tensor and traction (stress vector)
    • balance, conservation laws and thermodynamics principles: conservation of Mass, Momentum and Energy
    • constitutive equations: Solid and Fluid mechanics, and Heat Transfer
    • engineering applications

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lecture, solving of exercises, preparing for the exam, exam.
    Assessment Criteria: points counted together homework and written exam.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    1. 2 contact lectures of 2 hours per week (24 hours in total) NB! 10 out of 12 lectures are compulsory to attend
    2. 2 exercise sessions per week (24 hours in total)
    3. exam 3 hours and preparation for exam 10 hours
    4. 74 hours independent work
    5. 135 hours in total


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Will be announced later

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    KJR-C2002 Foundations on Continuum Mechanics

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    MS-A000x Matrix algebra,  MS-A010x Differential and integral calculus 1 or corresponding knowledge.