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Second cycle
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Single cycle
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School of Engineering
Course unit
INO2045765, A.A. 2019/20

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Information on the course unit
Degree course 5 years single cycle degree in
IN0533, Degree course structure A.Y. 2010/11, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
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 MARIA ROSA VALLUZZI ICAR/19

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

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 5th Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 95 130.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2010 course timetable

Prerequisites: For a real understanding of the course topics the following courses should have been taken: Building Science, Structural Engineering, and the Workshop of Architectural Restoration.
Target skills and knowledge: The student will be able to: a) recognize the constructive techniques characterizing the existing buildings - including the monumental ones, b) evaluate the properties of materials constituting the structural components, c) approach the damage evaluation due to both static and dynamic actions, d) evaluate the structural performance of existing buildings using the most suitable methods, e) design interventions for the improvement of the structural behavior, according to the current codes and reccommendations available at Italian and international level.
Examination methods: Written assignment concerning exercises of structural assessment and design of interventions, in agreement with the current codes, and quick test on topics learned during lessons.
Assessment criteria: Abilities of critical judgment, communication and understanding of the topics taught in the classroom.
Ability to apply the acquired knowledge to existing structures in agreement with the current codes and reccommendations.
Course unit contents: Structural materials: masonry, wood, metals, historic r.c. Conditions of use and mechanical properties.
Masonry structures: construction types and static behavior of single structural elements and complex buildings.
Structural design of wooden structural elements.
Behavioural mechanisms of vaulted structures.
Behavior of load-bearing masonry structures under seismic actions.
Seismic vulnerability analyses (different levels).
Modeling methods and numerical analyses.
Safety evaluations and criteria for the selection of repair and strengthening interventions.
Design and assessment of strengthened structural components (masonry and r.c.).
Application of structural engineering methods for the valorization of archaeological sites.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures.
Prectice exercises.
Informatic labs.
Technical seminars.
Technical visits.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Notes of the lessons and handouts.
Recommended texts.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • J. Heyman, Coulomb's memoir on statics: an essay in the history of civil engineering. Cambridge: University press, 1972. Cerca nel catalogo
  • J. Heyman, The masonry arch. Chichester: Horwood, 1982. Cerca nel catalogo
  • E. Benvenuto, La scienza delle costruzioni e il suo sviluppo storico. Firenze: Sansoni, 1981. Cerca nel catalogo
  • A. W. Hendry, Statica delle strutture in muratura di mattoni. Bologna: Patron, 1986. Cerca nel catalogo
  • A. Giuffrè, Sicurezza e conservazione dei centri storici: il caso di Ortigia. Roma: Laterza, 1993. Cerca nel catalogo
  • A. Giuffrè, Letture sulla meccanica delle murature storiche. Roma: Kappa, 1995. Cerca nel catalogo
  • C. Doná, A. De Maria, Manuale delle murature storiche. --: Dei, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo
  • G. Cangi, Manuale del recupero strutturale e antisismico. Roma: DEI, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo
  • M. Vinci, Metodi di calcolo e tecniche di consolidamento per edifici in muratura. Palermo: Dario Flaccovio, 2018. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Problem solving
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Learning journal

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Straus7, Tremuri, Midas

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