75454 - Advanced Structural Mechanics M

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Moduli: Alessandro Marzani (Modulo 1) Antonio Palermo (Modulo 2)
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures (Modulo 1) Traditional lectures (Modulo 2)
  • Campus: Ravenna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Engineering of Building Processes and Systems (cod. 8829)

    Also valid for Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Offshore Engineering (cod. 9249)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the class, student has extended his/her basic knowledge on Mechanics of Solids and Structures and he/she has advanced understanding of structural behaviour. He/she knows elastic analysis (linear), structural matrix analysis (computer-based simulations), plastic analysis, limit analysis and fundamentals of structural dynamics. In particular, at the end of the course he/she is able to apply classical structural analysis methods to civil engineering systems, with emphasis on historical buildings.

Course contents

Requirements/Prior knowledge

The course is a continuation and intensification of Mechanics of Solids and Structures. Thus a prior knowledge and understanding of the static behaviour of planar truss and beam structures is recommended. All lectures, tutorials and office hours are in English.

Course Contents

1. Review of structural models

  1. Truss element: mathematical model

  2. Beam element: mathematical model

  3. Truss and frame structures

2. Structural matrix analysis

  1. Structural matrix analysis for truss structures in 1D and 2D

  2. Structural matrix analysis for frame structures in 1D and 2D

  3. Basic concepts of the Finite Element Method (FEM)

  4. Use of a FEM based software for the solution of truss and beam problems

3. Plastic analysis

  1. Fundamentals theorems of plasticity

  2. Plastic flow and plastic hinge, and interaction diagrams

  3. Incremental plastic analysis of truss and beam systems

  4. Use of a FEM based software for the solution of elasto-plastic problems of truss and beam systems


  • Instructors’ notes (available on the web site http://campus.cib.unibo.it [http://campus.cib.unibo.it/] ).
  • Matrix Structural Analysis, W. McGuire, R.H. Gallagher, R.D. Ziemian, John Wiley & Sons, 2000.
  • Advanced Structural Mechanics. A. Carpinteri, Taylor & Francis, 1997.

Teaching methods

The course content will be entirely covered by lectures. The course includes laboratory sessions, which will cover some practical aspects of the lectures. The instructors will supervise students during the laboratory activities.

In consideration of the type of activity and the teaching methods adopted, the attendance of this training activity requires the prior participation of all students in the training modules 1 and 2 on safety [http://https//elearning-sicurezza.unibo.it/user/policy.php?lang=en] in the study places, in e-learning mode.

Assessment methods

The assessment of the "expected learning outcomes" is composed of:

  • written exam: 3/4 exercises on the topics of the course, 3 hour.
  • oral exam: 3/5 questions on the topics of the course, 1 hour.

To obtain a passing grade (minimum is 18 points) students are required to demonstrate a knowledge of the key concepts of the subject, some ability for critical application, and a comprehensible use of technical language.

Higher grades (maximum is 30 points, cum laude) will be awarded to students who demonstrate an organic understanding of the subject, a high ability for critical application, and a clear and concise presentation of the contents.

In case of failure students can take any next final term, generally there are 6 final terms per academic year.

Teaching tools

The teaching tools are overhead projector, projector and PC. The course includes some laboratory sessions in which a finite element based software for structural analysis is used.

Office hours

See the website of Alessandro Marzani

See the website of Antonio Palermo


Sustainable cities

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