cod. 1006376

Academic year 2023/24
2° year of course -
- Beatrice BELLETTI
Academic discipline
Tecnica delle costruzioni (ICAR/09)
A scelta dello studente
Type of training activity
Student's choice
24 hours
of face-to-face activities
3 credits
course unit

Learning objectives

Knowledge and ability to understand:
Knowledge of the mechanical behavior of structures subjected to fire. Knowledge of the European Standard Codes. Knowledge of the construction details and protection systems.

Ability to choose and design the different structural elements of reinforced concrete, steel, masonry and wood.

Making judgments:
The student must be able to design the structural elements and choose the systems of fire protection

Communication skills:
During the course, students must refine their technical dictionary on the topic.

Learning skills:
Students must have the ability to select the most appropriate design choice also evaluating options that are not perfectly identical to those shown during the course.


Strength of Materials and Structural Mechanics: solution of a statically determinate beam, state of stress in a linear elastic beam

Course unit content

Theoretical and applied aspects for the design of structures in reinforced concrete, steel, masonry and wood.

Full programme

1 ) The fire resistance in accordance with Italian Codes and Eurocodes .
2 ) Actions on structures exposed to fire according to EN 1991-1-2
3 ) Fire design of reinforced concrete structures according to EN 1992-1-2 and UNI 9502. Tabular and analytical methods; Protection systems
4 ) Fire design of steel structures according to EN 1993-1-2 and UNI 9503. Graphic and analytical method . Protection systems of structures
5 ) Fire design of masonry structures according to EN 01/02/1996
6 ) Fire design of wood structures according to EN 1995-1-2 and UNI 9504. Protection systems


Buchanan AH, "Structural design for fire safety", Wiley

Additional material available at the web site Elly : PDF of the slides used during the course. PDF of all the exercises done.

Teaching methods

Frontal lectures at the blackboard

The student will develope an homework on the fire assesment of a simple structure in steel or concrete (slab, or beam, column, etc.). The homework is discussed during the oral exam

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam consists on the oral discussion of the design project given at the end of the frontal lectures. The design project is developed individually using the methods presented during the course.
Knowledge and understanding:
At the end of the course the student will learn the basic principles of the engineering approach applied to fire safety design.
He must also acquire knowledge of
numerical codes used in structural fire safety design fire on the basis of the engineering approach.
Applying knowledge and understanding:
The student will be able to deal with a design study case using the
engineering approach to fire safety and in particular to the use of
structural methods typical of this field.
Making judgments:
By the end of the course the student will have the tools to critically evaluate the design choices in the field of fire safety design.
Communication skills:Through the front lessons and the assistance of the teacher, the student acquires the specific vocabulary inherent to fire safety engineering. The student must possess the ability to present clearly the procedure
adopted in the assessment of the fire safety of a compartment on the
basis of the engineering approach including the use of methods of structural engineering
.Learning skills: The student who has attended the course will be able to deepen his knowledge of fire safety engineering through the autonomous consultation of national and international regulations, specialized books, scientific or technical journals, even outside the topics explained during lectures.
The final score depends 70% on the design project (correct analysis of a case study) 30% on the oral examination (theory and language skills)

Other information

Attending the course i strongly recommended