Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Moduli: Francesco Ubertini (Modulo 1) Antonio Palermo (Modulo 2)
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures (Modulo 1) Traditional lectures (Modulo 2)
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Techniques and Management for Construction and Land (cod. 5817)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the Principles of Structural Mechanics course, the student knows the basics of the mechanical behavior of building materials, the statics of structures, the basic criteria for verifying the performance of construction elements when used for structural applications.

Course contents

Requirements/Prior knowledge

A prior knowledge and understanding of basics of mathematical analysis, linear algebra  is required to attend with profit this course.

Fluent spoken Italian is a necessary pre-requisite: all lectures and tutorials, and all study material will be in Italian.


Course Contents

Course introduction


Cross section geometry properties

Static and kinematic of the rigid body

Static and kinematic of a system of rigid bodies

The beam

Internal action in a beam like solid

Theory of statically determined structures

The Principal of Virtual Work

Principles of solid mechanics and structural safety



Lecture slides and notes.


  • M. Capurso, Lezioni di Scienza delle Costruzioni, Pitagora Editrice.
  • C. Comi L. Corradi dell’Acqua. Introduzione alla meccanica strutturale, McGraw-Hill, 2016.
  • E. Viola, Esercitazioni di Scienza delle Costruzioni, Vol. 1, Pitagora Editrice Bologna, 1993.
  • E. Viola, Esercitazioni di Scienza delle Costruzioni, Vol. 2, Pitagora Editrice Bologna, 1993

Teaching methods

The course content will be entirely covered by the lectures. The course includes some exercise sessions, which will cover the practical aspects of the lectures. 

Assessment methods

The final examination is structured in two phases: a first written exam, without using notes or books, followed by an oral exam. The written exam consists of a few simple exercises and will be reviewed at the presence of the students. Students need to obtain a sufficient grade in the written test to be admitted to the oral exam. The oral exam consists of some questions intended to assess the knowledge and understanding of the topics covered by the course. 

To obtain a passing grade, students are required to demonstrate a knowledge of the key concepts of the subject and some ability for critical application.

A failing grade will be awarded if the student shows knowledge gaps in key-concepts of the subject and/or logic failures in the analysis of the subject.

Teaching tools

The teaching tools are: overhead projector, projector and PC.

Office hours

See the website of Antonio Palermo

See the website of Francesco Ubertini


Sustainable cities

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.