72761 - Design Projects

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Academic Year 2020/2021

Learning outcomes

In the course the students will develop a project concerning one of the subject covered in the courses of the 1st year. In particular, the student will develop a project in one of the following fields: structural, hydraulics, road and transportation. The project will be done by the student alone or in small groups, under the supervision of the instructor.

Course contents

Road project:

Learning outcomes

With the achievement of credits, the student has the skills necessary to design a roundabout. It is able to independently design the pavement, the geometry and the road signs.

Program / Content
  • Introduction to the Case Study
  • Road materials
  • Calculating ESA traffic
  • Use of software for the rational calculation of road pavement
  • Stress check on the road pavement
  • Geometry of a roundabout
  • Calculation of roundabout capacity
  • Calculation of visibility distances
  • Horizontal road signs

Prerequisites / Recommended pre-requisites

The student who accesses this teachingshould know the main types of road superstructures, in terms of constituent materials realization and control.

Structure project:

Learning outcomes

Design of a reinforced concrete structure in a seismic region

• Definition of loads: design loads, definition of seismic actions, limit state load combinations.

• Developement of a FEM model of the structure.

• Design of the floor slabs: hollow clay blocks slabs and 1-way slabs.

• Design of beams and columns: design for seismic actions, ultimate limit state, and serviceability limit states.

• Design of foundations.


Road project

  • Dondi G., Lantieri C., Simone A. & Vignali V. 2013. Costruzioni stradali - Aspetti progettuali e costruttivi. Ed. Hoepli.
  • Mauro R. 2007. Il calcolo delle rotatorie. Hevelius editore
  • Esposito T, Mauro R. 2003. La progettazione funzionale delle strade. Hevelius editore
  • Canale S., Distefano N, Leonardi S., Pappalardo G. 2011. Progettare le rotatorie EPC Ediotre
  • Aumann P., Pratt K. and Papamiltiades A. 2017. Bicycle Safety at Roundabouts. Research Report AP-R542-17Austroads Project No. TT1967 Austroads Publication No. AP-R542-17
  • Robinson B. Rodegerdts L., Scaborough W. and Kittelson W. Roundabouts. 2000. An Informational Guide. US Department of trasportation Technical Report Documentation. FHWA-RD-00-67
  • Ministero delle infrastrutture e dei trasporti. Decreto 19 aprile 2006 Norme funzionali e geometriche per la costruzione delle intersezioni stradali.
  • Transportation Research Board executive committee Modern Roundabout Practice in the United States: A Synthesis of Highway Practice. 1998 NCHRP Synthesis 264.

  • Service d'Etudes Techniques des Routes et Autoroutes 2002 The design of interurban intersections on major roads. Traduction de guides techniques.

Structure project:

  • Pozzati P. e Ceccoli C., Teoria e Tecnica delle strutture, ed. UTET, Torino, vol. II (1977).
  • Belluzzi O., Scienza delle costruzioni, ed. Zanichelli, Bologna, voll. II e III.
  • Leonhardt F., c.a. & c.a.p.: calcolo di progetto & tecniche costruttive. Edizioni Tecniche, Milano, voll. I-III, 1977.
  • Migliacci A., Progetto agli stati limite delle strutture in c.a., Masson Italia Ed., Milano, 1977.
  • Migliacci A., Progetti di strutture, Tamburini, Milano, 1968.
  • Cosenza E. e Greco C., Il calcolo delle deformazioni nelle strutture in cemento armato. CUEN, Napoli, 1996.

Teaching methods

Group exercises with theoretical introductions.

Assessment methods

Examination of report prepared during the course with the subject exercise.

Teaching tools

Presentations with digital projector. Using software for calculating pavement, roundabout capacity and structural analysis

Office hours

See the website of Claudio Lantieri

See the website of Francesca Ferretti