LABORATORY FOR STRUCTURE DESIGN AND CONTROL
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Knowledge and understanding:
At the end of the course the student will learn the theoretical bases and
the fundamental methodologies for the design and verification of the
structural elements of a masonry building. The students will learn the
basic behavior of the materials (wood, reinforced concrete, masonry) and
how to conceive structural details.
Applying knowledge and understanding
The student should acquire all those skills which are the basis of a
conscious design and will be able in a systematic way to fit within the
The student will govern the procedure adopted in the current design
practice, with a constant link between the theoretical knowledge and the
The confidence gained through a constant connection between
theoretical knowledge and applications, will allow the student to possess
the necessary skills for results presentation
The student will be able to design the structural elements of a masonry
The courses of Structural mechanics, Structural Engineering and Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures are helpful.
Course contents summary
The course aims to provide the fundamentals for the structural vulnerability evaluation under static loads of existing building with masonry and reinforced concrete structure and their design and verification methods.
The contents of the course are listed below:
1. Masonry material and evaluation of mechanical properties.
2. Masonry buildings. Constructional technics and existing building typologies. Behavior under seismic action.
3. Masonry buildings. Structural typology, design and verification methods of modern buildings.
4. In situ and in laboratory tests for characterization of existing building structure.
5. Design of timber structures. Physical and mechanical properties of material.
6. Design of timber structures. Wooden floors and Timber roofs: typologies, dimensioning, design and verifications.
7. Reinforced concrete floors: dimensioning, structural details, design and verifications.
8. Typical structural dislocations and seismic damages in masonry and r.c. buildings.
9. Structural analysis methods for existing buildings.
10. Repairs, reliability and strengthening of masonry and reinforced concrete buildings, with particular reference to precast r.c. structures.
- Lecture notes available by teaching (All the teaching material is available via the portal didattica.unipr.it).
- Iacobelli F., "Progetto e verifica delle costruzioni in muratura in zona
sismica", EPC libri.
- Carbone I.V., Fiore A., Pistone G., "Le costruzioni in muratura", Hoepli.
- Piazza M., Tomasi R., Modena R., "Strutture in legno", Hoepli.
- Cosenza E., Manfredi G., Pecce M., "Strutture in cemento armato - Le
basi della progettazione", Hoepli.
- Lenza P., Ghersi A., Calderoni B., "Edifici in muratura alla luce della
nuova normativa sismica", Dario Flaccovio Editore.
The course is composed of traditional frontal lectures, also with
Theoretical concepts are applied during the course by carrying out the
step-by-step design of a masonry/wood building.
Assessment methods and criteria
The written examination consists in the calculation reports and an oral
discussion with the teacher. The level of student learning can be
measured as follows:
Masonry building report 100% divided as follows:
10% analysis of actions,
30% masonry walls verifications,
20% reinforced concrete floors design,
30% timber roof elements design,
10% stair design
As for all the laboratories, attending the courses is required.