34172 - Structure Design (A)

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

Industry, innovation and infrastructure Sustainable cities

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The course aims at providing the students with the expertise for conceive and design a structural system able to safely bearing dead , wind, live and seismic loads.

The knowledge and expertise to be learned by students regards mainly: the structural concept of buildings, the fundamental technical codes, the steel structures design, the r.c. structures design, the basic theory of seismic design and of innovative methodology design. 

Course contents

1) Basic theory:

1.1) The role of structural design in the architectural design

1.2) Mechanical properties and characteristics of materials used commonly in constructions (reinforced concrete, steel, wood, alluminium)

1.3) Technical codes (italian codes, eurocodes)

2) The structural conception:

2.1) The designing tools: science of construction

2.2) The systems resistant to vertical actions (beam and columns systems)

2.3) The systems resistant to horizontal actions (vertical and horizontal bracing; pendulum structures and moment resisting frames)

2.4) Shear type systems (analysis and schematization)

3) Analysis methods

3.1) Traditional methods for shear type structures

3.2) Finite Elements Methods (computational methods)

4) Steel structures:

4.1) Basic properties

4.2) Bending elements

4.3) Tension elements

4.4) Stability problems for compressed elements

4.5) Stability problems for bengding elements. Note

4.6) Compressed/bending elements. Note

4.7) Local instability (buckling). Note

4.8) Connections (bolted, welded). Note

5) Reinforced concrete structures:

5.1) Basic properties

5.2) Compressed elements: analysis and design

5.3) Bending elements: analysis and design

5.4) Shear elements: analysis and design

5.5) Torsion elements: analysis and design. Note

6) Foundations: basic aspects and typologies

7) Ultimate limit state verifications. Note

8) Seismic design. Note


P. Pozzati "Teoria e tecnica delle strutture" UTET

E. Giangreco "Ingegneria delle strutture" UTET

E. Torroja "La concezione strutturale" UTET

G. Ballio F. Mazzolani "Strutture in acciaio" HOEPLI

A. Migliacci, F. Mola "Progetto agli stati limite delle strutture in C.A." Masson

A. Chopra "Dynamics of Structures: theory and applications to earthquake engineering" WILEY 

Teaching methods

Oral lectures and practical exercise in classroom with the performing of a specific structural project 

Assessment methods

Architectural Construction Lab II (C.I. 12CFU, 168 hours) is composed by one class of Design Structures and one class of Theory of Structures.

The total exam includes the tests for assessing the capabilities of students of the two classes and the final exam is one final test.

The assesment will encompass a final exam.

According to the rules of the "corso di studi", in order to access the final exam the student will have to be present to a sufficient numer of classes and have mastered the basic concept of the course "con profitto".

In order to assess the mastering of the basic concepts, the students will have to present their design work in two seminars.

The first seminar is held in the last week of class of December and in this case the students will illustrate their design of a steel structure.

The second seminar is held in the last week of class of May and in this case the studdents will illustrate their design of a concrete structure.

Once granted the access to the exam, the student will have to sustain an oral exam aimed at assessing the capabilities of the studdent in dimensioning and designing a steel and concrete structure.

The pass of the exam is guaranteed to the students that will show a sufficient capabilty of mastering the information given in class and in particular in using formulas, concepts and quantities necessary to complete a structural design of a building structure.

A higher grade will be given to the studdents that will show to use with confidence the concepts given in class solving complex problems and showing a good operative capability.

Fail can be related to unsufficient knowledge of key concepts, lack of technical languate and / or insufficient operative capabilities 

Teaching tools

Oral lectures with use of blackboard

Power Point presentations

Technical software for structural analysis 

Links to further information


Office hours

See the website of Giada Gasparini