Course unit partition: Cognomi M-Z

Academic year 2015/16
1° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Tecnica delle costruzioni (ICAR/09)
Ambito aggregato per crediti di sede
Type of training activity
40 hours
of face-to-face activities
4 credits
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Course unit partition: DESIGN OF STRUCTURES 1

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 r.c. floors and for the comprehension of the static behavior of some widespread typologies of r.c. 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.
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 reinforced concrete elements treated during the lessons.


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 of reinforced concrete and timber elemnts used in the buildings.
The contents of the course are listed below:
1. Action on structures: general actions, densities, self-weight, imposed loads for buildings, wind action, snow action.
2. Analyses methods for structural reliability: structural requirements, allowable stress method, collapse method, limit states method.
3. reinforced concrete structural elements: characterization of concrete and steel, concrete-steel bonb; slabs of clay/cement mix, T-beam slabs; roofs; beams subjected to flexure and shear, loads on column and dimensioning.
4. timber structural elements: one-way and two-way slabs; roofs of “piemontese” and “lombarda” types; truss.
5. Stairs: stairs with cantilever steps, stairs with R.C. end supported plate structure.

Full programme

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1) Lecture notes available by teaching (All the teaching material is available via the portal
2) Migliacci, A. "Principi per il progetto di strutture in architettura - vol. 1: strutture lineari piane isostatiche", CEA, 2009.
3) Migliacci, A. "Principi per il progetto di strutture in architettura - vol. 2: strutture lineari piane iperstatiche", CEA, 2009.
4) Migliacci, A. "Progetti di strutture", CEA, 1991

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 the analysed r.c. elements.

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:

R.C. elements design: 100% divided as follows:
30% ULS bending and shear verification of beams without shear reinforcement
20% r.c. stair design
20% timber slabs design
20% timber roof design
10% design of r.c. column.

Other information

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