TKT4135 - Materials Mechanics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

Stresses and strains. Elasticity and thermoelasticity. Anisotropy and symmetry planes. Linear viscoelasticity. Plasticity and viscoplasticity (yield criteria, flow law, hardening, effects of strain rate and temperature). Finite element method for nonlinear materials.

Learning outcome

Materials mechanics is an advanced course in solid mechanics for students who have chosen a major in structural engineering or industrial mechanics at MTBYGG, MTING and MTPROD. The course covers theories of elastic, viscoelastic, elasto-plastic, elasto-viscoplastic materials and provides an introduction to non-linear finite element methods.

Materials mechanics has the following learning objectives:

The candidate should have knowledge of:
- Continuum mechanics for small deformations
- Linear elasticity theory for isotropic and anisotropic materials
- Linear viscoelasticity
- Plasticity (yield criteria, flow laws and hardening rules)
- Viscoplasticity
- Non-linear finite element methods for small deformations

The candidate knows how to:
- Select the mathematical model to describe the behaviour of a material
- Determine the parameters of mathematical models for materials from laboratory experiments
- Perform element analysis of components and structures with non-linear material behaviour

General competence:
The candidate knows:
- Mathematical modelling of materials
- Parameter identification from laboratory experiments
- Non-linear finite element methods for small deformations

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and compulsory exercises. 2/3 of the exercises must be approved to get access to the exam. The lectures and exercises are in English when students who do not speak Norwegian take the course. If the teaching is given in English the Examination papers will be given in English only. Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Lecture notes.
Additional literature: F. Irgens: Continuum Mechanics, Springer, 2008.
R.D. Cook, D.S. Malkus, M.E. Plesha, R.J. Witt: Concepts and Application of Finite Element Analysis, 4th ed, Wiley, 2002 (Chapter 17).

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIO1046 7.5
More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

No.of lecture hours: 3
Lab hours: 2
No.of specialization hours: 7

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Structural Engineering



Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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