KT8306 - Plasticity Theory


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

Phenomenology and physical mechanisms, plasticity (yield criteria, flow laws, hardening rules), viscoplasticity, thermo(visco)plasticty, plastic anisotropy, damage mechanics, large deformations, crystal plasticity, integration algorithms.

Learning outcome

The candidates should have knowledge and understanding of the theory of plasticity for large deformations and the theory's applications in non-linear analysis of structures.Knowledge:The candidates will understand the various theoretical elements of plasticity and the established plasticity models for metallic materials.Skills:The candidates will be able to derive and apply equations in the theory of plasticity for large deformations and apply established plasticity models in the analysis of structures. They will also be able to identify material parameters from laboratory experiments, and be able to implement plasticity models in the finite element method for nonlinear analysis of structures.General competences:The candidates will understand the main principles of the theory of plasticity for large deformations and be able to use the theory in nonlinear analysis of structures. They will also learn to read scientific papers and to carry out literature searches, and thus be able to form an impression of where the research frontier is in the field.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, study groups and project work. The teaching will be in English when students who do not speak Norwegian follow the course. In this case, examination papers will be given in English only but students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments. To pass the course a score of at least 70 percent is required.

Compulsory assignments

  • Project

Further on evaluation

For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken

Course materials

T. Belytschko, W.K. Liu, B. Moran. Nonlinear Finite Elements for Continua and Structures, Wiley, 2000.O.S. Hopperstad, T. Børvik. Lecture Notes.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Structural Engineering


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 D 2023-12-06 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL311 orange sone Sluppenvegen 14 5
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 D 2024-06-05 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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