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 and to design floors and roof elements in reinforced concrete or wood.
The student will be able to choose and pre-design the structural 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 design.
The student must be able to select, once the problem has been identified, the most suitable structural 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 two modules.
The first module, “Design of Structures 1”, deals with structural design of:
- Reinforced concrete diaphragms;
- Wooden floors and timber roofs
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.
Please refer to each course modulus programme
See the books suggested in each single modulus.
Further teaching material (available in each course’s web site via the portal elly.dia.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 the structural elements of a masonry building with wooden or reinforced concrete floors.
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 two parts: Design of structures 1, Design of structures 2. These contribute to the vote according to the following table:
Structural Design 1 : 50%
Structural Design 2 : 50%
Partial tests can be scheduled.
As for all the laboratories, attending the courses is required.