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INO2043578, A.A. 2017/18

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN0517, Degree course structure A.Y. 2010/11, A.Y. 2017/18
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge FRANCESCA DA PORTO ICAR/09

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ICAR/09 Construction Techniques 9.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 72 153.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Prerequisites: Structural Desing I and II
Target skills and knowledge: Methodologies, techniques, and code requirements for:
- performance-based design of new reinforced concrete and masonry buildings in seismic zone;
- assessment and reduction of seismic vulnerability of reinforced concrete and masonry buildings;
- assessment and reduction of seismic vulnerability of so-called “non-structural” elements;
- optimizing the use of available resources for the aim of reducing seismic risk at the level of single buildings and at a urban and territorial scale.
Scholars should become well acquainted with:
- the most advanced theoretical, numerical, and numerical-experimental methods for the evaluation of seismic demand and capacity of buildings and non-structural elements;
- classic and cutting-edge probabilistic approaches, also applied for the seismic classification of buildings as required from the most advanced guidelines in the area of seismic risk management;
- the most advanced technologies for building new constructions and for repairing/strengthening existing buildings, paying particular attention to seismic isolation.
Examination methods: Practical test: aseismic design and verification of buildings.
Assessment criteria: Scholars shall demonstrate that they have understood and they can afford, in practice, aseismic design of building structures and assessment of seismic vulnerability of existing structures.
Course unit contents: -Seismic risk. Definition of hazard: origin, intensity and classification of earthquakes; site effects; induced and activated seismicity. Definition of exposure, costs and malfunctioning related to damage to non-structural components (infill walls, false ceiling, installation, art objects, etc). Seismic vulnerability of reinforced concrete and masonry buildings, in relation to damage observed in recent earthquakes. General criteria for aseismic design and modelling of structures. Seismic action and buildings performance related to code prescribed limit states. Diplacement-Based Design and Assessment. Criteria for the classification of seismic vulnerability of buildings to the aim of seismic risk assessment.
- Example of design of RC buildings: frame and wall-system structures; comparison between methods of analysis; capacity design of elements, construction details.
- Example of design of load-bearing masonry buildings: comparison between un-reinforced and reinforced masonry buildings; comparison between static linear and static non-linear analyses.
- Seismic vulnerability assessment, inspection on structures, improvement/upgrading interventions on existing buildings. Code approach to existing buildings, knowledge levels and confidence factors. Strengthening techniques and verification methods for RC and masonry buildings with traditional and innovative materials ( FRP, FRG, SRG, TRM…).
-Introduction to the dynamics of base-isolation systems. Aseismic devices: seismic isolation and dissipative systems. Example of design of buildings with base isolation. Seismic protection of the contents (objects and installations).
- Numerical methods for static and dynamic analysis of structures and applications with software codes. Introduction to Building Information Modeling (BIM) for applications to structural engineering and aseismic design.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures and practical design of buildings during class. Videos of experimental tests (when possible, visit to the experimental laboratory during the execution of special tests) and pictures of structures damaged by earthquakes for a better understanding of structural behaviour. In order to provide fresh information and effectively contributing to the various and wide knowledge that is necessary to have in this field, the course also includes a series of seminary lectures given by experts of various sectors, including experts of the Major Risks National Committee – Seismic Risk sector. For example:
- E. Guidoboni (EEDIS) – Historic approach to earthquakes: knowing and using the data
- F. Mulargia (UNIBO) – Seismic risk reduction in Italy
- D. Dozio (ARUP Italia) – Lateral stability systems for high-rise buildings
- M. Banfi (HIRUN) – Experimental testing of seismic isolation systems
- J. Rots (TU Delft) – Modelling and experimental testing of masonry structures and induced seismicity problems with reference to the Groningen case-study
- C. Zanchetta (TeMA)– Building Information Modelling: workability and interoperability in structural design
- G. Granello (UCNZ) – Long term performance of post-tensioned timber structures
To deepen the acquired information, it is possible to carry out specialized educational activities in the framework of research projects and collaborations at a national and international level.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Complete lecture notes in slide format is made available to the scholars.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Ministero delle Infrastrutture, DM 14/01/2008: Norme tecniche per le costruzioni. --: Gazzetta Ufficiale n. 29 del 4 febbraio 2008, --. Suppl. Ordinario n. 30 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Ministero delle Infrastrutture, Circolare 02/02/2009 contenente le Istruzioni per l’applicazione delle Nuove norme tecniche per le costruzioni di cui al DM14/01/2008. --: Gazzetta Ufficiale n. 47 del 26 febbraio 2009, --. Suppl. Ordinario n. 27
  • EUROPEAN COMMITTEE FOR STANDARDIZATION, UNI EN1998-1:Progettazione delle strutture per la resistenza sismica-Parte 1: Regole generali, azioni sismiche e regole per gli edifici. --: --, --. 2005