Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Experimental solid mechanics

Overall Course Objectives

To provide practical and reporting experience with experimental methods for determining mechanical deformation, stress, friction and wear.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe standard methods for measuring and illustrating mechanical deformation and stress.
  • Describe methods for experimental determination of properties of machine elements like, e.g., bolted joints and bearings.
  • Describe the purpose of specific experiments, and make clear, balanced, and useful conclusions.
  • Demonstrate practical experience with application of a selection of experimental methods for measuring deformation, stress, friction, and wear.
  • Apply calculation procedures and computer programs for analyzing experimental results for a selection of experimental techniques.
  • Account for experimental sources of error.
  • Compare experimental observations with theoretical predictions, and provide explanations or hypotheses for possible deviations.
  • Produce written experimental reports that are well structured, complete, clear and concise, critically assessing / concluding, and otherwise confirming to accepted standards for written presentation in the subject area.

Course Content

Experimental determination of a selection of the following: Mechanical strain using uni- and tri-axial strain gauges; Elastic and mechanical material properties of metals and fiber composite materials using tensile testing machines; Mechanical vibrations using standard impulse-hammer modal testing or scanning laser Doppler vibrometry; Friction and wear under lubricated and dry conditions; Bolt stiffness and friction in assemblies; Technical reporting.

Recommended prerequisites


Teaching Method

Lab. work with intro lectures


Primarily for students enrolled in the Engineering Design and Applied Mechanics Master programme.

Limited number of seats

Maximum: 36.

Please be aware that this course has a limited number of seats available. If there are too many applicants, a pool will be created for the remainder of the qualified applicants, and they will be selected at random. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether you have been allocated a spot.

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3 weeks


DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 41808
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 1
Semester end Week 35
Days Mon-fri 8:00-17:00

7.500,00 DKK

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