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School of Engineering
Course unit
INP7081439, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
IN0505, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
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 CARMELO MAIORANA ICAR/08

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ICAR/08 Construction Science 3.0
Core courses ICAR/09 Construction Techniques 3.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2011 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 2019 01/10/2019 15/03/2021 MAIORANA CARMELO (Presidente)
MAZZUCCO GIANLUCA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: The student must have the knowledge provided by Solid Mechanics, Advanced Solid Mechanics and Structural Engineering courses.
Target skills and knowledge: Knowledge necessary for the study and testing of civil engineering materials, solids and structures.
Examination methods: The exam includes a written test with multiple choice questions while the oral test is optional. The final evaluation will be obtained by averaging between the evaluation of the written test and that of the oral test if the same is taken or only the written test.
Assessment criteria: Various aspects will be evaluated, such as language ownership, reasoning ability and the critical use of the experimental approaches provided with the course.
Course unit contents: EXPERIMENTATION OF MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES. Dimensional analysis and model theory. Statistical methods and their application in the experimental analysis of stresses. Strain gauges and other mechanical and optical instruments. Electric resistance strain gages. Electroacoustic strain gages. Brittle paint technique. Elements of photo-elasticity. Non-destructive tests on concrete and steel. Methods and devices for carrying out static and dynamic tests on reinforced concrete and steel constructions and bridges. Tests on deep foundations. Design and organization of tests. Interpretation of experimental results. Practical exercises on models and structures. Static and administrative testing.
More specifically, the subject concerning experimental investigations and the various operational methodologies on building materials in direct connection with the Solid and Structural Mechanics and Theory of elasticity. The classic methods of this discipline are the following: a) optical methods applied to small-scale models, such as the photo-elasticity method, based on the temporary and reversible birefringence of non-crystalline transparent materials and the use of polarized light; as well as the Moiré fringes method, due to the phenomena of diffraction and interference of light, which allows, for example, the study of the displacement field of flat slabs; b) brittle paint method, applicable to the external surface, provided that it is regular and uniform, of the body in question; c) method of grilling the external surface of small-scale models and material with high elastic deformability, such as rubber, of the bodies under study; d) method of detecting point deformations through the use of "strain-gauges" (deformation detectors), or measuring devices for extensional deformation components, mechanically or electrically operated, with variation in capacity, inductance or resistance. It should be noted that the photo-elasticity method is the only one that allows direct detection of the extent and distribution of stresses; all the others directly detect geometric quantities, such as deformations or displacement components.
LEGAL ASPECTS RELATED TO THE EXPERIMENTATION AND TESTS. 1. The role and activities of the technical consultant in the civil and criminal trial. Within this form, the general procedural aspects of civil (ordinary and special) and criminal proceedings will be discussed in advance. 2. The responsibilities of those involved in the renovation or construction of buildings. Within this module, the concepts of new work, renovation and ordinary and extraordinary maintenance will be preliminarily explained, as well as the concepts related to local interventions, improvement and structural adjustment. 3. The investigative activity of the technician in the civil and criminal trial and the problems related to the execution of the tests / checks. Within this form, the limits of the question that can be asked to the technician in civil and criminal matters will be preliminarily explained (consultancy as a means of proof and inadmissibility of exploratory consultancy; repeatable and unrepeatable investigations); the limits of the investigative activity of the technician in civil and criminal cases and the tests / verifications available to the same in order to respond to the question; tests / verifications on private and condominium properties.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal lessons with blackboard and projector. Seminar lessons are planned on specific topics of advanced experimental mechanics.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Notes from the lessons. Notes are available on the university's Moodle platform at:
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)