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Course unit
IN13107428, A.A. 2017/18

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Degree course 5 years single cycle degree in
IN0533, Degree course structure A.Y. 2010/11, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 12.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination MECHANICS OF MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES
Department of reference Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in BUILDING ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE

Teacher in charge LUCIANO SIMONI

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ICAR/08 Construction Science 12.0

Course unit organization
Period Annual
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 12.0 155 145.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 15/06/2018
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2010 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
9 2018 01/10/2018 15/03/2020 XOTTA GIOVANNA (Presidente)
8 2017 01/10/2017 15/03/2019 SIMONI LUCIANO (Presidente)
BOSO DANIELA (Supplente)
7 2016 01/10/2016 15/03/2018 SIMONI LUCIANO (Presidente)
BOSO DANIELA (Supplente)

Prerequisites: Mathematical Analysis 2, Informatics.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to give the students the following skills:
- understand the mechanical behavior of a structural system undergoing statical actions;
- perform the structural analysis of a system deformable with linear elastic law in presence of generic constraints and loads;
- analyze the strain and stress states in a continuum body. Analyze the strain and stress states in a beam;
- formulate yield criteria for building materials;
- analyze the stability of the elastic equilibrium problem, referring in particular to isolated beams and simple beam systems;
- formulate the numerical model for physical problems and use structural codes for its solution.
Examination methods: The exam consists in two parts, the first is written the second is an oral discussion on the written part.Further, the student has to present a short work where a generic structure (chosen by the student) is solved by means of a structural computer code. Also this work may by matter of oral discussion.
The written test can be overcome in one of the following ways:
1) by taking the two profit assessments, expected at the end of the 1st and the 2nd semester, each one on the arguments developed during the semester. The exam is passed if in each assessment the mark is at least 15/30 (synthetic mark C) in both parts.
2 ) by taking the unique full examination (consisting of the union of the two above referenced parts), in one of the official exam sessions (summer, autumn or winter). The exam is passed if in each part the mark is at least 15/30 (synthetic mark C).
3) The written tests of point 1 can also be taken in two distinct assessments of the official sessions.
Once passed the written exam, the student is admitted to the oral examination.
Assessment criteria: The final score is obtained by a combination of those reported in the written and oral tests, with combination coefficients dependent on the complexity of the questions and problems posed.
Course unit contents: Statics of constrained rigid bodies. Classification of the constraint conditions on body systems. Validity and limits of the extension of the statics of rigid bodies to deformable ones. Calculation of constraint forces and stress measures, kinematical model and constitutive law for beam-like bodies. Strain and displacement calculation in iso- and hyper-static beam systems. Forces and displacement methods. Mohr analogy. Influence lines. Simplifications in the analysis due to structural symmetry.
Strain and stress analysis in 3-D continuum body. Virtual work principle. Constitutive relationships, in particular for isotropic linear elastic materials.
Yield criteria and resistance and failure theories.
The beam as 3-D continuum: de Saint-Venant problem and its extension. Stability analysis of isolated beams and simple frames.
Matrix structural analysis: problem definition and introduction to structural codes.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Teaching methods: Frontal teaching (traditional lectures and exercises).
Learning Activities:
- weekly meetings for the discussion and settlement of assigned problems, for explanations and deepening. During these meetings the students form spontaneous working groups and within these the discussion capacity and ability together with the communication skill are improved both with coworkers and the teacher. The teacher is monitoring the work development advising and helping the students in the test solution promoting their autonomous critical capacity. At the end of each meeting the teacher illustrates in a critical way the possible solution strategies pointing out criticism and advantages;
- to rouse the learning skill, theoretical topics, usually intended for traditional calculation approaches, are also finalised to a computer code structural modelling. The conclusion of this activity consists in a numerical lab for the presentation and use of a structural numerical cod very known in the professional environment;
- communication skill and learning capacity are also supported by a forum open on the e-learning platform Moodle. On this platform each student may post and/or take part in the opened discussions. The forum is checked by the teacher.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Suggested textbooks for studying and reference (see below).
Lecture notes.
Didactic material posted on Moodle platform.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • L. Simoni, Lezioni di Scienza delle costruzioni. Padova: Progetto, 1998. Testo di riferimento Cerca nel catalogo
  • L. Nunziante, L. Gambarotta, A. Tralli, Scienza delle costruzioni. Milano: McGraw-Hill, 2011. Testo di riferimento Cerca nel catalogo
  • A. Carpinteri, G. Lacidogna, C. Surace, Calcolo dei telai piani. Esempi ed esercizi. Bologna: Pitagora, 1997. Per consultazione Cerca nel catalogo
  • F. Cesari, Calcolo matriciale delle strutture. Bologna: Pitagora, 1997. Per consultazione Cerca nel catalogo
  • F. Cesari, Introduzione al metodo degli elementi finiti. Bologna: Pitagora, 1997. Per consultazione Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Problem solving
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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