LABORATORY FOR EXPERIMENTATION AND CONTROLS OF STRUCTURE MATERIALS
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Knowledge and understanding
The Course presents basic concepts on structural engineering materials and on the main tecniques for experimental tests in the structural engineering field.
Applying knowledge and understanding
At the end of the Course, each student should be able to perform acceptance tests (on structural materials) requested to the site engineer by the Technical Rules.
At the end of the Course, each student should know all the technical words related to the topics treated.
Course contents summary
The topics treated in the Course are the following ones:
(1) Transducers and measurement systems;
(2) Metrological characteristics of the measuring instruments
(3) To measure the deformation: the strain gages mechanical, optical, pneumatic, acoustic and electric
(4) Measurement of the deformation in a plane and in space
(6) Machines to test the material properties
(7) Tests on the metallic materials
(8) Tests on steels for reinforced concrete
(9) Tests on concrete
(10) Tests on cyclic loading effects on materials (fatigue)
- A. Bray, V. Vicentini. Meccanica Sperimentale. Levrotto & Bella, Torino, 1975
- Relevant technical recommendations
All books are available by the library (Biblioteca Politecnica di Ingegneria e Architettura).
Additional educational material:
- Documentation provided by the teacher (Centro Documentazione - Ingegneria - Sede Didattica)
The Course consists of theoretical lectures and practical tutorials on experimental tests in the Lab. For the topics related to the structural materials, tutorials on experimental tests are planned so that each student can learn the procedure to be followed during such tests, as is described in the Technical Rules discussed during the theoretical lectures.
The theoretical lectures are delivered by employing transparencies, which the students can get at the Documentation Office.
The practical tutorials on experimental tests are delivered in the “Tests on Materials and Structures” Laboratory at DICATeA Department.
Assessment methods and criteria
The final test consists of a written test which is weighted as follows:
- 50% questions on theoretical concepts (theoretical skill);
- 40% questions on the experimental tests (practical skill);
- 10% ability to present scientific topics with the right technical words (communication skill).
Students must compulsorily attend all lectures and tutorials.