cod. 1006387

Academic year 2018/19
3° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Tecnica delle costruzioni (ICAR/09)
Ingegneria civile
Type of training activity
48 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

Knowledge and understanding:
at the end of this course the student should know elementary analysis methods to evaluate stress and strain states of the structures. Moreover, he should gain understanding of the fundamental principles of the design methods and evaluation of structural reliability, as well as instruments and techniques to draft the structural design.

Applying knowledge and understanding:
The student should be able to compute actions on constructions and resultants stress and strain fields in the structure, to design reinforced concrete and steel structural elements, including foundations and supports, on the basis of design codes. Finally, the student should be able to draft design results with relative details.

Making judgments:
By the end of the course, the student should be able to evaluate, with critical mind, the good choice for the structural element design and its feasibleness.

Communication skills:
The student should be able to clearly present the results of the design activity by means of tables, charts and drawings.


Knowledge of basic concepts on differential equations, stress analysis, strength of material and theory of elastic beams.

Course unit content

Design methods. Design at the Allowable Stresses and at the Limit States.

Reinforced concrete structures. Material properties. Members subjected to axial load, to flexure, to combined axial load and flexure (interaction diagrams). Members subjected to Shear.

Steel structures. Material properties. Tension members, compression members and buckling. Latticed columns. Combined bending and axial load. Bolted and welded connections.

Foundations. The foundation beam resting on a cohesionless elastic soil (Winkler ground).

Practices lectures. Design of beams and columns Actions for use in design. Design-code recommendations.

Full programme

The topics of the course are detailed shown on the University web learning site “Elly”.


Notes given by lecturer and educational material available on the University web learning site “Elly”.

Additional books:
- R. Calzona, C. Cestelli Guidi. “Il calcolo del C.A.”. Hoepli Editore, Milano, 2007.
- G. Ballio, F.M. Mazzolani. “Strutture in acciaio”. Hoepli Editore, Milano, 1987.
- G. Toniolo, M. Di Prisco. “Cemento armato. Calcolo agli stati limite”. Zanichelli Editore, 2000.

Teaching methods

Slides will be used to convey the most important messages of the theory lectures. Practical lectures will perform by design examples on reinforced concrete and steel elements, as well as drawing construction details, under the guide of tutors.

Assessment methods and criteria

The assessment of learning is based on an oral exam, which deals with three theoretical and design questions (concerning demonstrations of design and verification methods, applications of theory to design problems and code requirements). The answer to each question will be evaluated with a score from 0 to 10.

Other information

Lecture attendance is highly recommended, as well as the use receiving student time of the professor to clear and to deep topics.