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Course unit
INO2043809, 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
Course unit English denomination PRECAST AND TIMBER STRUCTURES
Department of reference Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
E-Learning website
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 DAVIDE TRUTALLI ICAR/09
Other lecturers ROBERTO SCOTTA ICAR/09

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

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

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

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

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 2017 01/10/2017 15/03/2019 TRUTALLI DAVIDE (Presidente)
SCOTTA ROBERTO (Membro Effettivo)
POZZA LUCA (Supplente)
6 2016 01/10/2016 15/03/2018 SCOTTA ROBERTO (Presidente)
TRUTALLI DAVIDE (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Structural Design 1 and 2.
Target skills and knowledge: Upon successful completion of this course, students will have a working knowledge of precast/prestressed R.C. and Timber building engineering and design, according to Italian and European design specifications.
Examination methods: -Design of a specific task assigned to a group of 2-4 students
-Final oral discussion.
Course unit contents: R.C. Precast Structures
- Construction industrialization concept. General design principles. Design tolerances. Frame and Shear Walls Structures Construction typologies and concepts. Single and Multi-storey buildings: plane and spatial static schemes; horizontal and vertical joints. Industrial buildings: bearings and scheme problems. Particular schemes. Precast r.c. and beams: typologies, design requirements, structural details. Slabs: hollow core, double-tee, ribbed and special roofing elements. Structural elements: corbels, diffusion zones, foundation elements. Deep and shallow foundations. Connections: typology, preliminary design and final check. Mechanical devices for fixing, lifting and bearing. Pre-tensioning and post-tensioning technologies and concepts. Facade panels: typology and computation. Bracing calculation (shear walls or plane trusses). Lateral stability of precast r.c. and p.c. large depth beams and columns, instability in precast structures, lateral action effects. Beam stability in temporary and final conditions. Design examples and reinforcement details. Numerical models for static and seismic design. Performance in recent seismic events. Seismic retrofitting of existing structures.
Timber Structures
- Properties of timber: anisotropy, moisture and long duration effects. Consequence of timber properties on structural analysis and detailing. Design standards for timber structures. Overview of glulam and manufactured wood products. Static and seismic design concepts within the limit design approach. Introduction to main timber construction technologies: frame structures and shear-wall platform frame or crossLam structures. Review of loading formulation: static and seismic loading. Design of structural members: beam, columns, floor diaphragms, shear walls, trusses. Traditional and modern connections: typologies and design. Analytical and numerical models for timber structures. Design, detailing and structural analysis of timber roof structures, buildings and bridges. Discussion of design examples.
Common aspects
- Approach to fire design of precast/prestressed RC and Timber Structures.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course will provide principles and procedures for precast/prestressed R.C. and Timber structures design and performance, according to the Italian and European standards.
As concerning the R.C. precast structures in this course, static and seismic-resistant precast floor and roof systems, moment frame, shear wall, and foundation are covered. Analytical and numerical models for the analysis of these systems are addressed. The performance of R.C. precast structures in recent earthquakes (Abruzzo 2009, Emilia 2012) is examined together with the possible interventions for their seismic retrofitting. Results from recent research in this field are presented.
As concerning the Timber Structures, this course covers the design of timber structures to Italian and European Standard Codes (EC5 and EC8), from theoretical aspects to design of realistic timber structures. The course will introduce students to a range of wood-based materials including timber, panel materials, glulam and crosslam. The anisotropic properties of the materials are presented and their dependencies on moisture content and loading duration. Students will become familiar with procedures for member design of the most common timber construction technologies, both for static and seismic loadings. Connection techniques and design details will be discussed. Examples will be presented from a range of buildings and practical calculation of members and joints will be presented. The course will be completed with an introduction to the latest research developments in multi-storey timber constructions.
Basic concepts for the fire resistance evaluation of structures will complete the course
The theoretical lessons will be completed by means of one/two technical visits to construction sites or manufacturing factories.
Additional notes about suggested reading: -Lecture Slides
-European (EC2, EC5, EC8) and Italian (NTC08, others) standards
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • M. PIAZZA, R. TOMASI, R. MODENA, Strutture in legno. Materiale, calcolo e progetto secondo le nuove normative europee. Milano: Hoepli, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo
  • A. CECCOTTI, M. FOLLESA, M. P. LAURIOLA, Le strutture di legno in zona sismica. Torino: CLUT, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo
  • P. LAVISCI, La progettazione delle strutture di legno. --: Il Sole 24 ORE, 2010. Cerca nel catalogo