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Limit Analysis Methods

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Viktor Sigrist

Course Format:

1 Hour Lecture, 1 Hour Exercise


Summer Semester



Recommended Previous Knowledge:

Basics in the design of concrete structures as well as in structural analysis


- static and cinematic method of the theory of plasticity, application to structural concrete

- dimensioning of beams and walls on the basis of stress fields and truss models

- failure mechanisms for beams

- deformation capacity of plastic hinges

- slab design with strip method

- yield line theory for slabs

- introduction to fracture mechanics

Learning Outcomes:

After successfully participating, students are able to

- understand limit state problems of concrete structures

- apply limit analysis methods to most important problems

- autonomously develop solutions for complex problems

Reading Resources:

Muttoni, A.; Schwartz, J.; Thürlimann, B. (1997): Bemessen von Betontragwerken mit Spannungsfeldern. Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel

Nielsen, M.P. (1984): Limit Analysis and Concrete Plasticity. Prentice-Hall

Marti, P.; Alvarez, M.; Kaufmann, W.; Sigrist, V. (1999): Tragverhalten von Stahlbeton. IBK Publikation, ETH Zürich


Performance Record:

house work, presentation, participation


60 hours total

Further Information:


Credit points of this module can be found in the course plan for the corresponding course of study.

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