Risorse bibliografiche
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoria
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativa
Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2019/2020
Scuola Scuola di Architettura Urbanistica Ingegneria delle Costruzioni
Insegnamento 051595 - STRUCTURAL DESIGN
Docente Zani Giulio
Cfu 4.00 Tipo insegnamento Monodisciplinare

Corso di Studi Codice Piano di Studio preventivamente approvato Da (compreso) A (escluso) Nome Sezione Insegnamento

Obiettivi dell'insegnamento

The development of a suitable solution to structural design requires, first of all, the selection of a construction material and, subsequently, the adoption of a structural typology, also with reference to the specific actions characterizing the design problem. Finally, each single structural element can be considered, defining suitable dimensions and verifying that the stress state induced by external actions is compatible with the material resistance properties. The above design process is discussed within the course. With reference to common building codes, the definition of design actions is discussed and the behaviour of columns and beams subject to axial load, bending and shear actions is investigated. Concrete and steel are considered the main construction materials and the corresponding typical structural typologies are presented.

Risultati di apprendimento attesi


  • gain knowledge and understanding of theories, techniques and tools useful in structural conception and its dimensioning, in compliance with the current regulatory framework;
  • are capable of analysing buildings, based on material properties, structural typologies and load analysis, in compliance with current regulations;
  • are capable of dimensioning structural elements in the relationship between form and structure.

Argomenti trattati

The course is divided into three main parts addressing: (1) structural analysis of statically determinate and indeterminate structures; (2) behavior and design of steel structural elements; (3) behavior and design of reinforced concrete structural elements.


1 – Structural Analysis

  • The concept of structure; primary structural elements and aggregations; overview of structural analysis and design process.
  • Analysis of statically determinate structures: simply supported and cantilever beams, trusses; analysis of statically indeterminate structures through the force method: continuous beams.
  • Introduction to the design of structures: principles of limit state design; serviceability limit state (SLS), ultimate limit states (ULS); definition of loads acting on a structure and their combination, load paths.


2 - Steel Structures

  • Mechanical properties of steel as a construction material.
  • Design of steel structural elements: elastic and plastic design; SLS verifications of steel structural elements; buckling of compressed members: formulation of Euler buckling, critical buckling loads for different boundary conditions.


3- Reinforced Concrete Structures

  • Mechanical properties of concrete as a construction material; mechanical properties of reinforcement steel. 
  • Behavior of reinforced concrete sections; basic assumptions for the analysis and design of RC structures; analysis and design of RC columns for centric axial load (SLS and ULS); analysis and design of RC beams for simple bending (ULS); behavior of RC elements subject to shear: the Ritter-Mörsch truss model.


No prerequisites

Modalità di valutazione

Students will be asked to solve a written test including both application exercises and theoretical questions covering the main topics of the course (Parts 1 to 3). Students may improve the mark resulting from the written test by undergoing an additional oral test (optional).


During the exam, the student will have to demonstrate to:

  • Know, understand and express with adequate glossary the fundamental principles concerning: structural analysis of statically determinate and indeterminate structures; behavior of reinforced concrete elements under axial load, bending, shear; behavior of steel elements under serviceability and ultimate load conditions; instability phenomena;
  • Perform the structural analysis of continuous beams and trusses;
  • Solve applications concerning the verification and design of RC and steel structural elements.

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaG. Toniolo and M. di Prisco, Reinforced Concrete Design to Eurocode 2, Editore: Springer, Anno edizione: 2017, ISBN: 978-3-319-52032-2
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaD. Schodek, M. Bechthold, Structures, Editore: Pearson, Anno edizione: 2014, ISBN: 978-12-920408-2-0

Forme didattiche
Tipo Forma Didattica Ore di attività svolte in aula
Ore di studio autonome
Laboratorio Informatico
Laboratorio Sperimentale
Laboratorio Di Progetto
Totale 40:00 60:00

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