cod. 1006377

Academic year 2017/18
3° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Tecnica delle costruzioni (ICAR/09)
A scelta dello studente
Type of training activity
Student's choice
42 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

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 subjected to static actions. The student will also deepen the study of existing masonry buildings, with reference to the different stages of the knowledge process, the most common aspect of vulnerability, as well as the corresponding intervention techniques.

Applying knowledge and understanding:
The student should acquire all those skills which are the basis of a conscious design of masonry buildings subjected to static actions. The student will also learn the methodological steps of the vulnerability assessment of existing masonry buildings, as well as the most common intervention criteria and the consequent technical solutions for the strengthening of the structural elements.

Making judgements:
The student will govern the procedures ruling current design practice and the structural assessment of existing masonry buildings, through a continuous link between theoretical knowledge and practical applications.

Communication skills: The confidence gained through the connection between theoretical knowledge and practical applications, will allow the student to obtain the necessary skills for results presentation.

Learning skills:
The student will be able to design the structural elements of a masonry building. The student will be also able to manage the different steps that are necessary for the knowledge of an existing masonry building, to identify the most critical aspects of its behavior and to design a possible intervention.


The courses of Structural Mechanics, and Structural Engineering are helpful.

Course unit content

The course deals with the basic principles related to the design of new masonry buildings subjected to static loads, as well as to the assessment of the structural safety of existing masonry buildings, by also illustrating the possible strengthening strategies. The contents of the course are listed below:
1. Introduction to masonry structures. Construction techniques and typologies of existing masonry buildings.
2. Mechanical characterization of masonry.
3. Structural behavior of masonry structures and design rules for new buildings; rules for “simple masonry buildings”.
4. Design of masonry walls under static loads: simplified dimensioning. Verification of unreinforced masonry walls subjected to vertical loading. Unreinforced masonry walls subjected to shear loading. Unreinforced masonry walls subjected to combined vertical and lateral loading.
5. Construction techniques of existing diaphragms: reinforced concrete, steel and timber floor.
6. Mechanical characterization of wood. Design of timber structures at SLS and ULS.
7. Timber roofs and floors: typologies, dimensioning, design and verifications under static loads.
8. Knowledge of existing buildings: general information and history, dimensional survey, inspection of structural details, simulated design, material testing. Knowledge levels and confidence factors.
9. Vulnerability and damage aspects of existing masonry buildings.
10. Restoration and strengthening techniques.

Full programme

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- Gersi, A., Lenza P. e Calderoni, B., "Edifici in muratura alla luce della nuova normativa sismica", Dario Flaccovio Ed.
- Carbone I.V., Fiore A., Pistone G., "Le costruzioni in muratura", Hoepli.
- Mastrodicasa S., “Dissesti statici delle strutture edilizie”, Hoepli.
- Pisani M.A., “Consolidamento delle strutture”, Hoepli.
- Antonucci A., “Restauro e recupero degli edifici a struttura muraria”, Maggioli.

All the teaching material (Powerpoint slides) is available via the portal

Teaching methods

The course is structured in traditional frontal lectures, also with Powerpoint presentations. Theoretical concepts are applied during the course by carrying out several design examples.

Assessment methods and criteria

The students should draw up a calculation report on an existing masonry building, by identifying the main structural vulnerabilities and designing the strengthening intervention for some structural elements. This calculation report will be discussed with the teacher during the oral examination.

Other information

Being a laboratory, it is preferable to attend the lessons.