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Advanced non linear and computational structural and solid mechanics


Programme (detailed contents):

Use limitations of first order analysis (linear analysis)

Non linear geometry

Local buckling: buckling, Lateral buckling, Lateral torsional buckling


Global buckling : Rayleigh-Timoshenko method


Non linear behaviour of materials

Yielding : constitutive laws and criteria, cross-section yielding, limit analysis of structures

Viscoelasticity: constitutive laws, stress relaxation and creep. Long term strain calculation using Laplace transform


Finite Element Method

Variational formulation, Principe of virtual power


Assembly of system matrices and computation

 Element properties





Stationary analysis, dynamic analysis (eigenvalue calculation), buckling


At the end of this module, the student will have understood and be able to explain (main concepts):

The use limitations of the linear mechanic

The different phenomena of buckling corresponding to different scales : cross-section, members, global structure

Analysis of structures with plastic hinges

Viscoelastic analysis, constitutive model of viscoelasticity, application to creep, stress relaxation and calculation of long-term strain


The structure modelling using Finite Element Method

Elements properties : BEAM, PLATE and SHELL, SOLID


The student will be able to:

Calculate the global buckling of structure

Calculate the local buckling of structural members

Calculate the ultimate load bearing capacity using plastic hinge method


Calculate a structure using Finite Element Software

Needed prerequisite

Solids and linear structure mechanics

Materials resistance

Form of assessment

The evaluation of outcome prior learning is made as a continuous training during the semester. According ot the teaching, the assessment will be different: as a written exam, an oral exam, a record, a written report, peers review...