cod. 1005792

Academic year 2013/14
1° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Tecnica delle costruzioni (ICAR/09)
"analisi e progettazione strutturale dell'architettura"
Type of training activity
40 hours
of face-to-face activities
4 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit
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Integrated course unit module: STRUCTURAL BUILDING DESIGN STUDIO (F-N)

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 building.


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 below:
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 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: dimensioning, structural details, design and verifications.
- 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.