cod. 1006388

Academic year 2019/20
3° year of course - Second 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

Structural analysis of frames. Deflection of beams. Principle of virtual work. Mohr’s theorem. Statically indeterminate beams. Flexural deformability and stiffness of a beam. Shear deformability and stiffness of a beam. Statically indeterminate frames. Fixed-joint and sway frames. Force method. Displacement method.

Practices lectures. Actions for use in design. Design of slabs, beams, columns, corbels. 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:
- G. Toniolo. “Calcolo strutturale. I telai”. Zanichelli Editore, 1990.
- 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 verification of learning is based on a written test, which deals with a first exercise concerning structural analysis of an hyperstatic frame by displacement method and design of some structural elements (weighted in the 90% assessment), and a second exercise concerning the remaining topics of the program carried out (weighed in the 10% assessment). Those who achieve at least the sufficiency in the written test can, optionally, take an oral test in order to improve the grade reported in the written test. The oral exam will focus on the theoretical and applicative aspects of the topics covered in the course. The vote in the oral test will be mediated with that of the written test.

Other information

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