Topic outline

  • General


    Responsible teacher: Asst. Prof. Sergei Khakalo
    Lecturers: Sergei Khakalo, Risto Syrjä
    Assistants: Risto Syrjä, Ahmad Shahgordi, Safi Ur Rehman, Valtteri Keto


    Mondays 12.15–14.00 and Wednesdays 10.15–12.00 in hall R1. Note: only one (Monday) lecture in Week 1.


    Tuesdays 12.15–14.00, Thursdays 10.15–12.00 and Fridays 10.15–12.00 in hall R1. Note: there are no Tuesday exercises in Week 1.
    Extra time for self-study is on Wednesdays and Fridays 16.00–18.00 in room R5 - 265. Note: no contact teaching during these hours, however, there will be one assistant present on Wednesdays to provide support.


    Tuesday (17.10.2023) 9.00–12.00 in Undergraduate Centre, C-sali - Y205.


    It should be noticed that more than 50% of the hours related to teaching--studying--learning is related to independent studying.

    Contact Teaching -- Lectures 18%: 
    - 2 double-hours per week (total 24h)
    - attending the lectures: pre-browsing, listening, writing notes, asking etc.
    Contact Teaching -- Exercise and Guided Sessions 27%: 
    - 3 double-hours per week (total 36h)
    - Problem solving exercises on Tuesdays and Thursdays; advice hours for hands-on exercises (instructed by the assistants) on Fridays

    Independent Studying -- Reading 18%: 
    - 2 double-hours per week (total 24h)
    - self-studies: reading and writing the derivations in the lecture slides and/or textbook
    Independent Studying -- Assignments 27%:
    - 6 hours per week (total 36h)
    - self-studies for theoretical, hands-on exercises: problem solving, calculating, writing solution documents

    Final Exam and Preparation 10%: 
    - 3 + 10 hours (total 13h)


    • Understanding general principles of structural mechanics.
    • Gaining a good qualitative understanding of how structures deform in order to resist external loading and forced displacements through internal forces balancing and energy approaches.
    • The course provides the fundamental knowledge to understand and analyze the mechanical and stability behavior of load-bearing frame structures.
    • Upon successfully completing this course, the student will understand the limitations of the models, assess their limitations when applied to realistic structures, and will be able to give some reliability estimates for the analysis resulting from the application of the models.