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Space Materials and Structures 7.5 credits

Rymdmaterial och strukturer
Second cycle, R7024R
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2022 Sp 3 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Space Engineering
Subject group (SCB)
Space Technology
Main field of study
Space Technology

Entry requirements

M0047M Differential calculus, M0048M Linear algebra and integral calculus, M0049M Linear algebra and differential equations, M0055M Multivariate analysis or other mathematics courses that include multi-dimensional analysis and vector analysis. M0046M Mathematics Ry or courses in mathematics with transform theory and partial differential equations. Mechanics in F0004T Physics 1 and F0006T Physics 3 or equivalent. F0059T Engineering Mechanics. Good knowledge in English equivalent to English 6.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
The aim of the course is for the student to:

- have acquired the basics of the space environment's challenges in terms of material technology.
- have acquired basic knowledge for the construction and behavior of high-performance materials used in the aerospace industry.
- have acquired basic knowledge of how to estimate properties of composites, ceramics and alloys.
- know the most important degradation mechanisms that arise in the results of thermal and mechanical loads and lead to fatigue and lifetime reduction of materials.
- know typical solutions to structural problems in space and estimate effects of  the space environments on the spacecraft structur.
- be able to carry out numerical simulations using commercial codes to analyze and optimize structures.
- be able to use simple structural models of thin flat and shell-shaped linear elastic bodies,
- be able to calculate voltages and deformations in such structural models,
- be able to carry out and evaluate practical experiments with such structural models,
- be able to methodically attack and solve strength-technical problems for the current class of structural models. 


- Basic knowledge in material science and engineering, such as crystal- and microstructure, mechanical properties.
- Relationship between material microstructure and properties. Hardening mechanisms. 
- Light alloys, super alloys, ceramic materials and different types of composites.
- Material degradation and fatigue depending on effects of extreme environments.
- Oxidation, radiation resistance, out-gassing.

- Energy methods: Minimum potential energy theorem. Virtual work. The Rayleigh-Ritz’ method.
-Thin plates: The Kirchhoff plate equation. Solution methods.
- Shells structures: Basic equations. The membrane state of shells. Shells of circular symmetry and circular symmetric loading.
- Structural instability. 
- Honeycomb panels. Whipple shield.
- Fundamental fequency of deployable systems as solar panels.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The course is conducted in the form of lectures and laboratory work.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
Written examination and laboratory work that are examined with written report.

Johnny Ejemalm

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2019 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Literature is to be decided.

Course offered by
Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0002Written examG U 3 4 54.50MandatoryA19
0003Laboratory workU G#3.00MandatoryS21

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 15 Feb 2019

Last revised
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 16 Feb 2021