This course is discontinued

MEK4530 – Stability and Buckling of Structures

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Course content

Basic principles for stability and buckling. Second order load effects. Potential energy. Buckling of structures with compression members (columns, frames) using differential equations and energy principles. Critical loading. Iterative solutions (Vianello). Matrix formulation. Stiffness matrix with stability functions. Approximate solution methods. Inelastic buckling. Aspects of large displacement theory.

Learning outcome

The course gives a thorough treatment of the theoretical basis for computation of systems where geometric nonlinearity (second order load effects), caused by the effect of axial force on the displacements, must be accounted for. Emphasis is placed on providing a good physical understanding of buckling and second order load effects in general.


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Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with MEK9530 – Stability and Buckling of Structures (discontinued)

* The information about overlaps is not complete. Contact the department for more information if necessary.


4 hours of lectures per week.


Four compulsory assignments need to be passed within given deadlines to be allowed to take the final exam.

Depending on the number of students, the exam will be either oral or written.
What form the exam will take will be announced by the teaching staff within October 15th for the autumn semester and March 15th for the spring semester.

Rules for compulsory assignments at the Department of Mathematics (norwegian only).

Examination support material

Permitted aids at the exam: Rottmann's formula list + approved calculator.
Information about approved calculators (Norwegian only)

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English.

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Spring 2012

Spring 2011

Spring 2010

Spring 2009

Autumn 2008

Autumn 2007

Spring. Taught according to demand and resources.


Spring 2012

Spring 2011

Spring 2010

Spring 2009

Autumn 2008

Autumn 2007

According to demand and resources.

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