19088 - Structures and Statics for Architecture

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

Quality education Gender equality

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student has the fundamental concepts of structural mechanics. In particular, he/she is able to solve isostatic structures, truss structures and calculate the inertial characteristics of cross-sections. Some applications about arches, vaulted roofs are presented.

Course contents

  1. Vector and matrix analysis
  2. Centroid, moments of inertia
  3. Rigid body: statics and kinematics analysis
  4. Introduction to structural analysis
  5. Trusses, beams and frames


  • L. Boscotrecase, A. Di Tommaso, Statica Applicata alle Costruzioni, Patron Editore.
  • P. Casini, M. Vasta, Scienza delle costruzioni, Terza Edizione, CittàStudiEdizioni, 2016 (euro 37,00).
  • D. Bernardini, Introduzione alla meccanica delle strutture, teoria ed esercizi, CittàStudiEdizioni, 2012, ISBN:9788825173727.
  • R. C. Hibbeler, Meccanica dei solidi e delle strutture, a cura di G. Ruta, M. De Angelis, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2010.
  • E. Viola, Esercitazioni di Scienza delle Costruzioni, vol. 1, Pitagora Editrice.
  • E. Guagenti, F. Buccino, E. Garavaglia, G. Novati, Statica: Fondamenti di Meccanica Strutturale, McGraw-Hill.
  • D.L. Schodek, Strutture, Patron Editore.

Teaching methods

The course consists of lectures and exercises solved during the lectures. Additional exercises are done with the help of the teaching assistant.

Assessment methods

FOR ERASMUS STUDENTS: Erasmus students that are willing to attend classes of Statics should have at least a B1 level Italian language (it is a recommendation, not a rule).

The exam consists of a written exam followed by an oral exam. The written exam consists in the resolution of exercises.

The oral examination covers ALL the course program (the program should be downloaded from the internet).

The written exams will be planned in June, July, September, January and February.

The oral exam is usually scheduled a week after the written exam.

Those who pass the written exam, can give the oral exam. If a student is not satisfied with the grade obtained in a test can redo the written exam. At the end, the last written vote counts ONLY (not the best written!).



1. The registration to the exams (written and oral) is via the website https://almaesami.unibo.it.

2. All exam dates will be published on the site https://almaesami.unibo.it

3. You MUST register online.

4. In the event that a student is unable to register on-line for an exam (both oral and written), he has to contact by e-mail the teacher (cristina.gentilini@unibo.it) BEFORE the closing date of the list .

5. Once the lists are CLOSED is no longer possible to enroll.

6. The results of the written tests will be published on the website https://almaesami.unibo.it.

7. During the tests, it is absolutely forbidden the use of books, manuals, notes.

8. During the tests, it is absolutely forbidden to use any electronic device (PDAs, mobile phones, etc..), Which must be turned OFF, otherwise the withdrawal of the task.

9. It is reccomended to give the oral examination in the session in which it is given the written exam (for example, if a student passes positively the written part in June, he is suggested to give the oral exam in June or at the most in July).

Teaching tools

The ppt presentations will be available to the students at https://iol.unibo.it/ using the credentials of the University. Students can download handouts, exercises, solutions, and more.

Office hours

See the website of Cristina Gentilini