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Mechanics of Plate and Shell Structures D

Course schedule:

10.1.2023 – 23.2.2023

Registration period:

12.12.2022 – 16.1.2023

Teaching time:

Daytime, Spring

Form of study:

Contact teaching





Course code:





75,00 €


Week 1:
2D and 3D theories of elasticity
Week 2:
Kirchhoff plate model
Week 3:
Reissner--Mindlin plate model
Week 4:
Models for orthotropic, stiffened, sandwich and laminate plates
Week 5:
Vibrations of membranes and plates
Week 6:
Shells models
Week 7:

(The actual order of some of the weeks 1--6 may vary.)

Jarkko Niiranen

Study material
Primary course material:
- Lecture slides and home assignments
- Text book by Eduard Ventsel and Theodor Krauthammer: Thin Plates and Shells: Theory: Analysis, and Applications. CRC Press, 2001 (available as an E-book in the university library)

Secondary course material:
- Arbind Kumar Singh: Mechanics of Solids, PHI Learning Private Limited, 2007.
Clive L. Dym and Irving H. Shames: Solid Mechanics, A Variational Approach, Augmented Edition, Springer, 2013.

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Course workspace:

More details on completing the course will be available at MyCourses closer to the start of the course.

Learning outcomes
1. Understanding of the role of the three-dimensional elasticity theory in (bar, beam, membrane,) plate and shell models in analyzing the mechanics of structures
2. Understanding of the energy and equilibrium approaches in deriving and formulating (bar, beam, membrane,) plate and shell models
3. Ability to derive the (beam and) plate models of statics and free vibrations within the theory of elasticity
4. Ability to apply plate and shell models to various types of structural analyses and to solve the corresponding partial differential equations by the most relevant analytical solution methods

Lectures: 2 double-hours per week (24 h = 18%)
- contact teaching: attending the lectures (pre-browsing, listening, writing notes, asking etc.)

Reading: 2 double-hours per week (24 h = 18%)
- self-studies: reading and writing the derivations in the lecture slides and/or textbook

Theoretical Exercises: 1--2 double-hours per week (12--24 h = 9--18%)
- contact teaching: advice hours for theoretical hands-on exercises instructed by assistants

Theoretical Home Assignments: 6--8 hours per week (36--48 h = 27--36%)
- 4-6 per week
- self-studies for theoretical hands-on exercises: problem solving, calculating, writing solution documents

Final exam and preparation: 3 + 10 hours (13 h = 10%)

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Registration starts on 12.12.2022 at 9.00  
Registration ends on 16.1.2023 at 23.59

The course fee is payed upon registration for each course at a time and it is binding. Familiarize yourself with registration and payment rules as well as other guidelines for students

The number of participants is limited to 3.

This course is organised by Aalto University School of Engineering.

- Basic courses of BSc level engineering mathematics, physics, mechanics and computer science
- Common studies (compulsory) courses CIV-E1060 Engineering Computation and Simulation, CIV-E1020 Mechanics of Beam and Frame Structures
- Preferably Common studies (compulsory) course CIV-E1030 Fundamentals of Structural Design

1. Theoretical home assignments:
- returned according to weakly deadlines (assessed weekly by assistants)

2. Final exam:
- on week 7 (assessed by the lecturer)

The final grade (0--5) is composed of the points collected from the final examination (50% = 18 pts) and exercise assignments (50% = 18 pts). The passing grade 1 can be achieved by about 50% (18 pts) of the total maximum (36 pts).

Teaching time and location

The teaching time and the location of the course can be found at Sisu information system here

  1. The link leads to Completion methods tab of the course page  
  2. From the top of the page (Version drop-down menu), check that academic year 2022-2023 is selected  
  3. From the blue bar, click Lecture and open the Groups and teaching times tabto see the teaching time and the location of the course. Exam times can be seen by clicking Exam.

The coronavirus situation can cause changes. The teaching of the course can change into remote teaching, the course can be taught both remote and contact teaching or only contact teaching. There may also be changes to the teaching time and the classroom information.

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Otaniemi Campus, Espoo

Information on examinations

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