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Variational Principles in Continuum and Structural Mechanics
Architecture and Construction
Organization logo: Czech Technical University in Prague

About this course

Students will be guided to explore the general structure of discrete, continuum and discretized models used in linear and nonlinear statics and dynamics of structures (beams, frames, plates) and solid bodies. Emphasis will be placed on the universal nature of the underlying fundamental principles, such as the principle of virtual work (or power) and variational principles (Lagrange, Castigliano, Hellinger-Reissner, Hu-Washizu, Hashin-Shtrikman, Hamilton), and on the duality between static and kinematic equations/operators. Tensorial notation will be introduced and used throughout the course.

Expected learning outcomes

The classes combine lectures and seminars with active student participation. A key role is played by problems assigned as homework, which form the basis of presentations and discussions in class. The objective is not only to transfer specific knowledge, but also to develop students aptitude for independent thinking and critical analysis.

Course requirements

Prerequisites: Basic concepts of structural mechanics (beam models, hyperstatic frames) and strength of materials (elastic stress-strain law, Cauchy equilibrium equations).


Lectures, seminars, self-study and exercises

  • Local course code
  • Study load
    ECTS 5
  • Level
  • Contact hours per week
  • Instructors
    prof. Ing. Jirásek Milan DrSc., Ing. Horák Martin Ph.D.
  • Mode of delivery
  • Course coordinator
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  • Start date

    19 February 2024

    • End date
      22 September 2024
    • Main language
    • Apply between
      11 Dec and 19 Jan 2024
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