Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), 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.


Can identify the requirements for numerical analysis of large complex, thin-walled structures in terms of: physical understanding of the global structural static and vibratory response, force flow, materials and global and local approaches, i.e. homogenization and localization. Can select the structural modelling techniques for different analyses: static, vibratory, ultimate and fatigue strength. 

Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.09.2020 - 14.10.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Jani Romanoff

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Jani Romanoff

Contact information for the course (valid 11.08.2020-21.12.2112):

Teacher in charge:

Teacher in 2020:

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:

    Design, Load modeling, Discretization; Isotropic, Orthotropic Materials & Sandwich Structures; Offset beams; Equivalent plates and shells; Sub-models & Static analysis; Fatigue analysis; Vibration analysis; Buckling analysis; Ultimate and accidental strength analysis; Crashworthiness

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course utilizes problem-based-learning concept so that the students are encouraged to work on selected application case throughout the course. The aim of the course is to identify a thin-walled strucutre that the students will analyze using finite element method for different limit states (serviability, ultimate, fatigue and accidental). Each week we define a subtask to be solved, lectures will be given and we conclude the week on question hour where students can ask questions related to their projects. Each week the student groups (3-5 persons) return a written report showing in the form of living document that build the course report in steps. The weekly submissions will be graded from 1-5.The weekly submissions will contribute up to 40% of the course grade, while the final summaririzing submission gives 10%. The remaining 50% of the grade is defined by the final exam. The grading is based 50% on technical contents, 20% on using techical aids, 15% on reporting and 15% on reflection previous studies.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures: 24 (2 x 2h/week, 12 sessions)

    Instructed exercises: 6

    Home assignments: 48 hours (6 x 8 hours/week)

    Studying materials: 48 hours (6 x 8 hours/week)

    Preparing for exams: 10 hours


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lecture notes. Selected articles. 

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Kul-24.4710 Large Complex Structures

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    B.Sc. Studies, Finite Element Method basics

Registration for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


  • Applies in this implementation:

    In the course it is expected that the student knows how to use some Finite Element software. The idea of the exercises is build on the assumption that the student knows how to create, analyse and interpret the results from FEA. During the course we will not provide support for basics of FEA usage. 

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    13 Climate Action

    14 Life Below Water

    15 Life on Land



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