81880 - Structure – Science of Construction

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The course aims to give to the students the concept of structure as an object capable of transmitting loads. At the end of the course the student is able to: (1) know and work with one-dimensional and two-dimensional structural models; (2) develop calculation codes and elementary verification; (3) use existing computer codes to get to approximate solutions of models introduced.

Course contents

- Stress flow;

- Ractions for statically determinate structures;

- Internal actions;

- Equilibrium equations;

- Truss structures;

- Arches and cables;

- Stresses and strains;

- Beam bending and corresponding stress state;

- Eccentric loads;

- Shear;

- Stress state;

- Statically indeterminate structures.


The following figure depicts the strong relations existing between the stress flow inside a beam, truss structures and structural optimization. At the end of the course the student is able to fully appreciate such relationships and use them in order to conceive structural systems.



Principal reference

Megson, Thomas Henry Gordon. "Structural and stress analysis". Elsevier, 2005.

Secondary references

Gere, James M., and Barry J. Goodno. "Mechanics of Materials, SI Edition", Cengage Learning (2012).

P. Casini M. Vasta. "Scienza delle costruzioni", Città Studi Edizioni.

Teaching methods

The course content will be entirely covered by the lectures. The course includes also some practical lectures.

Assessment methods

There will be a final examination with a first written examination followed by an oral examination.

Teaching tools

Adviced books and provided additional didactic material.

Office hours

See the website of Luca Patruno