73470 - Shape Optimization Methods T

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Moduli: Said Quqa (Modulo 1) Cristina Gentilini (Modulo 2)
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures (Modulo 1) Traditional lectures (Modulo 2)
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Industrial Design (cod. 8182)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student has the basic elements for evaluating the shape of an object for the purpose of its ability to withstand mechanical stresses to which it is subjected. In particular he/she knows: the geometry of masses; the relationship between material and resistance to stress.

Course contents

  1. Vector and matrix analysis
  2. Centroid, moments of inertia
  3. Rigid body: statics and kinematics analysis
  4. Introduction to structural analysis
  5. Trusses, beams and frames


Slides and lecture notes.

Guagenti E., Buccino F., Garavaglia E., Novati G., Statica – Fondamenti di meccanica strutturale, McGraw Hill

Comi C., Corradi Dell'Acqua L., Introduzione alla meccanica strutturale, McGraw Hill 

Viola E., Esercitazioni di Scienza delle Costruzioni, Vol. 1, Pitagora Editrice

Viola E., Esercitazioni di Scienza delle Costruzioni, Vol. 2, Pitagora Editrice

Teaching methods

Lectures and exercises in the classroom.

Homework and two practical activities.

Assessment methods

FOR ERASMUS STUDENTS: Erasmus students that are willing to attend classes of Statics should have at least a B1 level Italian language (it is a reccomendation, not mandatory).

The exam consists of a written exam followed by an oral exam. The written exam consists in the resolution of exercises.

The oral examination covers ALL the course program (the program should be downloaded from the website).

The written exams will be planned in June, July, September, January and February.

The oral exam is usually scheduled the same day of the written exam.

Those who pass the written exam, can give the oral exam. If a student is not satisfied with the grade obtained in a test can redo the written exam. At the end, the last written vote counts ONLY (not the best written!).

Teaching tools

Slides of the course and exercises available on the platform https://virtuale.unibo.it

Office hours

See the website of Cristina Gentilini

See the website of Said Quqa


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