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ATHENS - MP11 - Structural calculus

Code: MP3723/5, ECTS: 2


Today, when industrial structures (civil engineering) and underground projects (mining and geotechnical work) are becoming increasingly complex and the problems of optimization and stability increasingly acute, it is often indispensable for an engineer to know modern methods of calculus applied to structures. This course seeks to familiarize the students with the method of finite elements applied to the computation of stress and deformation in real structures, however complex they may be.


The course comprises 20 sessions of lectures, tutorials and labs.

  • review of the basic notions of continuum mechanics and the laws of behaviour (linear elasticity) - theorem of virtual power;
  • finite element methods - principles of computer programming of finite element methods;
  • application of the method to elastoplastic and viscoelastic or viscoplastic media;
  • presentation of the VIPLEF software for the students’ use;
  • simple case studies chosen and dealt with by the students.

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Code MP3723/5
Year 2nd & 3rd years
Level Graduate 1st year, Graduate 2nd year
ECTS Credits 2
Coefficient 2
Nb. of hours 37
Nb. of lessons 30
Course type Additional informations
Semester 3, 5
Period Autumn
  • Mathématiques appliquées et calcul
  • Génie et sciences de la terre
Last update:
07 Sep 2016 08:33 by Franck