34172 - Structure Design (B)

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

Goal of the course is to provide practical application to the previously acquired knowldges regarding the structural behaviour of load carrying members. The applications will be developed with specific reference to concrete and steel structural skeletons.

At the end of the course the student will have sufficient skills to allow her/him to conceive and size (in gross terms) structural frames, with references to the italian code and seismic provisions.

In particular the student will get acquainted with:

1) the most common structural bearing system (moment resisting and non moment resisting frames)

2) appropriate sizing of steel column, beams, and bracing system

3) appropriate sizing of concrete column and beams

4) appropriate sizing of systems of foundations

5) develop appropriate technical drawings

6) have basic knowledge of seismic design

Course contents

Review of structural mechanics (solution of beam on multiple support using Cross method)

The structures for buildings:

funcions and types

Steel structures:

structural systems

properties of steel and steel structures

codes of reference for design

design of members under axial traction

design of members under bending 

design of member under shear

design of axially compressed members (instability)

connections (welded and bolted)

systems resisting to vertical actions

systems resisting to horizontal actions


development of a design project

Reinforced  concrete structures

properties of reinfoced  concrete structures

design of compressed members

design of members under bending

design of members under shear

design of members under compression and bending

seismic design of structures (primer)

 ultimate strength design (primer)

foundations systems

conceptual design of structures

development of an applicative example


Pozzati Ceccoli: Teoria e Tecnica delle Strutture, UTET. Vol I, II, III.

D.M. 14.01.2008

DM. 17.01.2018

Shodek: structures

Teaching methods

Oral classes

Afternoon revisions of projects

Presentation of the design project every semester

Presence in class is mandatory as per rules of the "corso  di Laurea"

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.

During the first part of the course the class of theory of structure will teach how to solve hyper static structures using Cross Method. At the end of this first part a written test will be held to help the student verify their level of capability in using the methodology. The use of the methodology is necessary to complete the project of Design of structure. The grade of this preliminary test will not influence the final grade or preclude the prosecution of the course in Design of Structures.

The final grade will be given at the  end of the course based upon an oral exam aimed at assessing the overall comprehension of the student of the course topic in Design of Structures.

According to the rules of the "corso di studi", in order to access the final oral exam the student will have to be present to a sufficient number 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 classes (morning)

Studio with supervised  control of the work (afternoon)

power point presentations

Office hours

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