330-0531/01 – Theory of Elasticity (TP)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Applied MechanicsCredits6
Subject guarantordoc. Ing. Michal Šofer, Ph.D.Subject version guarantordoc. Ing. Michal Šofer, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2021/2022Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesFSIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
SOF007 doc. Ing. Michal Šofer, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 3+3
Part-time Credit and Examination 16+0

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

Educate students in basic procedures which are applied for a definition and solving of more exciting engineering technical problems in the sphere of mechanics of solid elastic deformable bodies. Ensure understanding of teaching problems. To learn the students apply gained theoretical peaces of knowledge in praxis.

Teaching methods

Individual consultations
Experimental work in labs
Project work


The aim of the study course is to provide students with a deeper overview in the field of classical theory of elasticity, thanks to which the students will be able to solve complex problems in practice using analytical approach. The course is thematically divided into two parts. In the first part, students become familiar with the problematics of coordinate systems transformation, body deformation, stress and strain, and last but not least with the mathematical description of body compatibility or equilibrium equations in the case of elastostatics and elastodynamics. The second part of the course, on the other hand, deals with the theory of solving 2D problems using the stress function and also with the topic of torsion of arbitrary cross-sections.

Compulsory literature:

[1] LEIPHOLZ, H.:Theory of elasticity. Noordhoff International Publishing Leyden, 1974. ISBN 90 286 0193 7

Recommended literature:

[1] TIMOSHENKO, S. P.-GOODIER, J. N.: Theory of elasticity. New York-Toronto-London: Mc Graw-Hill, 1951, 3.ed.1970.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

The study course is being completed in form of the examination, which has got oral and written part. In the written part, the student solves problems related to the theory of elasticity, while in the oral part, there´s a discussion on two selected topics from the given set of question related to this study course.


Other requirements

The student is required to elaborate a project on a given topic.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Orthogonal transformation. Transformation of coordinate system. Transformation properties of vectors and tensors. Physical components of vectors and tensors. 2. Analysis of strain at a point in a deformable body. Strain-displacement relations. Geometric meaning of individual components of Cauchy strain tensor. 3. The state of stress at a point in a body. Stress tensor. Invariants of the stress tensor. Principal stresses, principal planes, principal directions of the stress tensor at a point. 4. Mohr´s representation of 3D stress state. Extreme shear stresses. Spherical and deviatoric stress tensor. Octahedral normal and shear strains. 5. Strain tensor invariants. Principal strains and directions. Maximum shear strains. Spherical and deviatoric strain tensor. Normal and shear stresses on the octahedral plane. 6. Compatibility and equilibrium equations. 7. Constitutive equations. Hook´s law for anisotropic, orthotropic, transversely isotropic and isotropic material. Pre-heating and initial deformation effect on constitutive equations. 8. Boundary conditions. Solution of the 2D elastic problem, formulation in terms of displacements - Lamé (Navier) equations, formulation in terms of stresses - Beltrami-Michell equations. 9. Two variants of the 2D elastic problem. Plane stress and plane strain problem. Airy`s stress function, biharmonic differential equation in orthogonal Cartesian coordinates. 10. Expression of boundary conditions using Airy´s stress function. Biharmonic equation in polar coordinates. 11. 2D elastic problem with axially symmetric stress distribution. Pure bending of the circular curved bar. 12. Bending of the circular curved bar with the force acting at the free end. The effect of circular hole on the stress field in the plate. 13. The Flamant-Boussinesq problem. 14. Axially symmetric problem in cylindrical coordinates. Force acting in point of infinite isotropic elastic space (Kelvin problem). 15. Free torsion of arbitrary cross-section.

Conditions for subject completion

Part-time form (validity from: 2021/2022 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of pointsMax. počet pokusů
Credit and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Credit Credit 35  20
        Examination Examination 65  25 3
Mandatory attendence participation: Zápočet a zkouška.

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Occurrence in study plans

Academic yearProgrammeField of studySpec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2023/2024 (N0715A270033) Applied Mechanics MPT P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2023/2024 (N0715A270033) Applied Mechanics MPT K Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2022/2023 (N0715A270033) Applied Mechanics MPT K Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2022/2023 (N0715A270033) Applied Mechanics MPT P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2021/2022 (N0715A270033) Applied Mechanics MPT P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2021/2022 (N0715A270033) Applied Mechanics MPT K Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2020/2021 (N0715A270033) Applied Mechanics MPT P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2020/2021 (N0715A270033) Applied Mechanics MPT K Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan

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Assessment of instruction

2021/2022 Winter