Syllabus for Structural Optimisation



  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1TE447
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Technology G2F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2018-03-06
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2023-01-31
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2023
  • Entry requirements:

    90 credits within the Bachelor's Programme in Construction Engineering. Participation in Structural Mechanics and Design.

  • Responsible department: Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course the student shall be able to:

  • identify different classes of structural optimization addressing sizing, shape, and topology,
  • explain the concept of design variables, constraints, and objective functions in anoptimization problem,
  • formulate engineering design problems for simple load-bearing structures as optimization problems,
  • implement optimization algorithms in Python,
  • numerically solve simple structural optimization problems.


Objective functions, constraints, different optimization algorithms. numerical implementation and problem solving.


Lectures, laboratory work, project work.


Written report of project work (5 credits).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2023

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Christensen, Peter W.; Klarbring, Anders An introduction to structural optimization

    [Dordrecht]: Springer, cop. 2009

    Find in the library


Last modified: 2022-04-26