Anno Accademico 2023/2024

  • Docente: Alessandro Marzani
  • Crediti formativi: 9
  • SSD: ICAR/08
  • Lingua di insegnamento: Inglese

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

The course is an extension and intensification of Mechanics of Solids and Structures. The goal of the course is to advance the understanding of structural behavior and enhance the ability to apply classical structural analysis methods to civil engineering systems. The advanced methods for the analysis of structures will be applied to some structural examples which will be developed by the students.


Requirements/Prior knowledge

The course is a continuation and intensification of Mechanics of Solids and Structures. Thus a prior knowledge and understanding of the static behaviour of planar truss and beam structures is recommended. All lectures, tutorials and office hours are in English.

Course Contents

1. Review of structural models

  1. Truss element: mathematical model

  2. Beam element: mathematical model

  3. Truss and frame structures

2. Structural matrix analysis

  1. Structural matrix analysis for truss structures in 1D and 2D

  2. Structural matrix analysis for frame structures in 1D and 2D

  3. Basic concepts of the Finite Element Method (FEM)

  4. Use of a FEM based software for the solution of truss and beam problems

3. Plastic analysis

  1. Fundamentals theorems of plasticity

  2. Plastic flow and plastic hinge, and interaction diagrams

  3. Incremental plastic analysis of truss and beam systems

  4. Use of a FEM based software for the solution of elasto-plastic problems of truss and beam systems


  • Instructors’ notes (available on the web site http://campus.cib.unibo.it [http://campus.cib.unibo.it/] ).
  • Matrix Structural Analysis, W. McGuire, R.H. Gallagher, R.D. Ziemian, John Wiley & Sons, 2000.
  • Advanced Structural Mechanics. A. Carpinteri, Taylor & Francis, 1997.

Metodi didattici

The course content will be entirely covered by lectures. The course includes laboratory sessions, which will cover some practical aspects of the lectures. The instructors will supervise students during the laboratory activities.

In consideration of the type of activity and the teaching methods adopted, the attendance of this training activity requires the prior participation of all students in the training modules 1 and 2 on safety [http://https//elearning-sicurezza.unibo.it/user/policy.php?lang=en] in the study places, in e-learning mode.

Modalità di verifica e valutazione dell'apprendimento

The assessment of the "expected learning outcomes" is composed of:

  • written exam: 3/4 exercises on the topics of the course, 3 hour.
  • oral exam: 3/5 questions on the topics of the course, 1 hour.

To obtain a passing grade (minimum is 18 points) students are required to demonstrate a knowledge of the key concepts of the subject, some ability for critical application, and a comprehensible use of technical language.

Higher grades (maximum is 30 points, cum laude) will be awarded to students who demonstrate an organic understanding of the subject, a high ability for critical application, and a clear and concise presentation of the contents.

In case of failure students can take any next final term, generally there are 6 final terms per academic year.

Strumenti a supporto della didattica

The teaching tools are overhead projector, projector and PC. The course includes some laboratory sessions in which a finite element based software for structural analysis is used.

Orario di ricevimento

Consulta il sito web di Alessandro Marzani

Consulta il sito web di Antonio Palermo


Città e comunità sostenibili

L'insegnamento contribuisce al perseguimento degli Obiettivi di Sviluppo Sostenibile dell'Agenda 2030 dell'ONU.