cod. 18219

Academic year 2014/15
2° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Tecnica delle costruzioni (ICAR/09)
Abilità informatiche e telematiche
Type of training activity
42 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
course unit
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Learning objectives

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
building process.
Making judgements:
The student will govern the procedure adopted in the current design
practice, with a constant link between the theoretical knowledge and the
practical applications.
Communication skills::
The confidence gained through a constant connection between
theoretical knowledge and applications, will allow the student to possess
the necessary skills for results presentation
Learning skills:
The student will be able to design the structural elements of a masonry


The courses of Statics, Structural mechanics, and Structural Engineering
are helpful.

Course unit content

The course aims to provide the fundamentals for the structural design
under static loads of several parts of a masonry building with wood or
reinforced concrete diaphragms. The contents of the course are listed
1. Design of masonry walls under static loads: simplified dimensioning.
Verification of unreinforced masonry walls subjected to mainly vertical
loading. Masonry walls subjected to shear loading. Masonry walls
subjected to lateral loading. Unreinforced masonry walls subjected to
combined vertical and lateral loading. Method using factor.
2. Design criteria for horizontal diaphragms, and for link structures, in
- Characterization of the most used structural materials: concrete, steel,
- Construction techniques of diaphragms: floors in reinforced concrete,
steel, or wood.
- Reinforced concrete floors: dimensioning, structural details, design and
- Wooden floors: typologies, dimensioning, design and verifications.
- Timber roofs: typologies, dimensioning, design and verifications.
- Stairs: structural schemes, dimensioning, design and verifications.

Full programme

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- 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
All the teaching material is available via the portal “Web LEArning in
Ateneo” (LEA UNIPR).

Teaching methods

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/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

Other information

As for all the laboratories, attending the courses is required.