DESIGN OF STRUCTURES 1
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 check of r.c. floors and for the comprehension of the static behavior of some widespread typologies of r.c. and masonry structures
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 building process.
The student will govern the procedure adopted in the current design practice, with a constant link between the theoretical knowledge and the practical applications.
The confidence gained through a constant connection between theoretical knowledge and applications, will allow student to possess the necessary skills for presentation of their work
The student will be able to design the reinforced concrete elements and masonry or timber structures treated during the lessons.
The courses of Statics, Structural mechanics, and Structural Engineering are helpful. In particular, the knowledge for the solution of statically determinate beams and the analysis of their state of stress is required.
Course contents summary
The students will learn how to choose the structural elements for a simple building and how to define their geometries and dimensions. Furthermore, they will understand the structural behavior of typical elements used in other following courses (e.g. restoration)The first part of the course aims to provide the fundamentals for the structural design of reinforced concrete horizontal diaphragms as well as of some widespread typologies of r.c. elements. The second part of the course deals with the design of masonry and timber buildings
The contents of the course are listed below:
1. Design criteria for horizontal diaphragms, and for link structures, in particular:
- Characterization of the most used structural materials: concrete, steel, wood.
- Construction techniques of diaphragms: floors in reinforced concrete, steel, or wood.
- Reinforced concrete floors: dimensions, structural details, design and check.
- Stairs: structural schemes, dimensions, design and checks.
2. Analysis of design features of reinforced concrete elements, such as:
- design for bending and shear of reinforced concrete beams without shear reinforcement, according to limit state method;
3 Design of masonry structures
- mechanical properties of masonry
- Geometry of masonry buildings
- Structural details
- Design of masonry elements.4 Design of timber structures
- mechanical properties of timber; different types of structural timber
- Geometry of timber buildings
- Design of timber elements
- Allen, Zalewski, Form and Forces: Designing Efficient, Expressive Structures, Wiley, 2009
-Hendry, Structural Masonry, Palgrave Macmillan; 2nd edn., 1998
- Slides shown during the course are available at the web-page of Elly platform
The course is composed of traditional frontal lectures using the blackboard and Powerpoint presentations.
Theoretical concepts are applied during the course by carrying out the step-by-step design of a masonry/wood building ad of a reinforced concrete slab
Assessment methods and criteria
The exam consists on the oral discussion of the design project in English given during the frontal lectures. The design project, deals with a very simple building which is designed in reinforced concrete as well as in masonry and timber. The design project is developed in groups (max 4) and discussed individually. A report with some drawing schemes are produced. The final score depends 70% on the design project (correct analysis of a case study, ability to apply the concepts given during the course) 30% on the oral examination (theory and language skills)
As for all the laboratories, attending the courses is required.