Analysis of Structures

Plaster Notes, © S. Baeck

MSc Computational Mechanics

Elective module
SWS: 4
Credits: 6
Mode of teaching: lecture, tutorial

Teaching staff

Date and time

Learning objectives

Students acquire the ability to use spatial elements for structural modeling. Starting from the approach to linear calculations, students learn the application of stability analysis using FEM. In doing so, the students learn the importance of the approach when considering geometric and physical nonlinearities. Furthermore, the students learn to interpret the calculation results and iteration progressions. At the end of the course, what has been learned is extended to the dynamic analysis of systems. The goal is to automate FE calculations using the Python programming language in the form of scripts on the Abaqus platform.


  • Plane bar structures
  • Modeling of surface and volume structures
  • Calculation and verification of calculation results of spatial systems
  • Geometrically nonlinear calculations (2nd order theory)
  • Physically nonlinear calculations, material laws
Structural anylasis
  • Stability analysis of profiles using the finite strip method
  • Failure modes of profile geometries (local, global stability failure)
  • Dynamic analysis (frequency analysis, modal analysis)

Programs and Tools


e-learning class room


  • H.P. Langtangen, A Primer on Scientific Programming with Python, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2009
  • NumPy Community,
    NumPy User Guide, Release 1.4.1, April 2010
  • SciPy Community,
    SciPy Reference Guide, Release, February 2010
  • ISO/IEC 19501:2005, Information technology – Open Distributed Processing – Unified Modeling Language, (UML) Version 1.4.2
  • Java Code ConventionsOracle Inc., Sun Microsystems, Inc., September 12, 1997