Learning outcomes of the course unit
Knowledge and understanding capabilities:
At the end of the course the student will learn how to conceive and design the resistant elements of a masonry building in a seismic area, also considering the soil-structure interaction and to understand the behaviour of some r.c. structural elements that can be inserted.
The student will be able to choose and pre-design the structural/geotechnical elements that compose a masonry building.
Capacity of identifying the static and seismic vulnerabilities of a masonry building and ability to remove them. Capacity of understanding the static behaviour of the analysed r.c. elements.
During the course, the student will improve his technical dictionary, with specific reference to the terms of structures and construction, in order to communicate in an effective and precise way a structural/geotechnical design.
The student must be able to select, once the problem has been identified, the most suitable structural/geotechnical solutions, evaluating options not explicitly described during the course.
The courses of Statics, Structural mechanics, and Structural Engineering are helpful
Course contents summary
The course is organized in three modules.
The first module, “Design of Structures 1”, deals with structural design of:
- reinforced concrete structural elements: slabs of clay/cement mix, T-beam slabs; roofs; stairs with cantilever steps and with R.C. supported plate;
- timber structural elements: one-way and two-way slabs; roofs of “piemontese” and “lombarda” types; truss.
The second “Design of Structures 2” deals with static and seismic problems concerning the design of masonry buildings, like:
- masonry mechanical characterization;
- static analysis of masonry buildings;
- concepts of seismology;
- seismic actions;
- seismic detailing of masonry buildings;
- seismic analysis of masonry buildings.
The third module, “Geotechnics”, deals with:
- concepts of geotechnics;
- theory and design of foundations and retaining walls.
Please refer to the program of the modules
See the books suggested in the single modules
More didactic material (AVAILABLE ON THE COURSE’S WEB SITES ON didattica.unipr.it):
- Course slides
The course is composed of traditional frontal lectures, also with Powerpoint presentations.
Theoretical concepts are applied during the course by carrying out the step-by-step design of a masonry building with the insertion of some r.c elements.
Assessment methods and criteria
The exam is written. Given a project similar to that seen during the course, the exam consists in the design of some of its structural elements. The quiz/exercises are divided in three parts: Design of structures 1, 2 and Geotechnics. These contribute to the vote according to the following table:
Structural Design 1 40%
Structural Design 2 40%
As for all the laboratories, attending the courses is required.