Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

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Belonging course: 
Course of Master's Degree Programme on CIVIL ENGINEERING
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Year of study: 
Second semester
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Course description

The course is aimed to transfer to the students the tools and operating procedures to deal with the structural design of civil works, also with regard to resistance against seismic actions.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:
- Knowledge about the modeling and analysis of the structural behavior of concrete elements prestressed.
- Knowledge of the structural behavior of special structural elements such as stairs, slabs, plates.
- Knowledge of criteria detailed design and verification of structures in seismic areas.

Applying knowledge and understanding:
- Ability to integrate knowledge in the design of earthquake-resistant structures.
- Ability to use software.
- Apply methods and criteria for the design of a reinforced concrete framed building located in a seismic zone.

Making judgments:
- Present and compare different models and tools for assessing the dynamic response of structural systems.
- Identify and define indicators and descriptors to evaluate data and results
- Ability to identify possible and potential connections between the various aspects of a subject and / or of a problem.

Communication skills:
- Work together in a working group, defining objectives, activities, tools
- Present and articulate in writing and orally an elaborate group.
Present to non-expert people design principles and choices

Learning skills:
- Reflect on the knowledge and skills of their education
- Identifying possibilities for further development of knowledge, skills and abilities.


Structural dynamics and earthquake engineering


Physical and mechanical properties of special concretes.
The pre-stressed concrete: concepts, technology, materials, failure mode, design and verification standards (SLS and ULS). Verification of an element (tile) made of pre-stressed concrete.
Design and verification of RC stairs.
Verification and design of RC sections under torsion moment.
Introduction to the two-dimensional structural elements. Structural analysis of slabs. Structural analysis of shells. Numerical examples and application in reinforced concrete elements.

The final design of the structures: descriptive and elaborate graphics. The list drawn up of the structural design. Structural elements made of both pre-stressed and conventional concrete: analysis phases of life, regulatory requirements. The designs of carpentry of the floors. Drawing a structural design: AutoCAD.
Preliminary design of the structures. Singular elements in brick-cement floors: swings, swings corner, holes. Structural analysis: design, verification and representation of the floors. Design of the main elements of a RC building. The elastic and design seismic spectra. Concept of ductility class and capacity design. Structural design of beams, columns, foundations and nodes with the capacity design approach. Types of structural analysis for framed buildings. Structural analysis for vertical loads and seismic action: regulatory requirements. The details of reinforcement for beams and columns and verification. Dimensioning of the foundations of RC buildings.
Structural analysis of RC buildings: the input-output-analysis. Structural analysis of RC buildings: refining the output, executive "standard", checks to SLS. Monitoring software operations, design/modification of reinforcement at ULS. The drawings of beams and columns. Checks of unconfined nodes.

Teaching methods:
Lectures. Exercises and elaboration of the year project in the multimedia classroom. Periodic review of the progress of the year project and exercises. Assistance for software.

Teaching Methods

Lectures. Exercises and elaboration of the year project in the multimedia classroom. Periodic review of the progress of the year project and exercises. Assistance for software.


- Guidelines for the preparation of the year project about the structural design of a RC frame building.
- Ramasco, R., Structural Dynamics, CUEN.
- Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, Technical Standards for Construction, DM 14.01.2008.
- Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, Circular no. 617/2009 Application of Technical Standards for Construction approved with DM 14.01.2008.
- Eurocode 8, Design of structures for earthquake resistance.
- Eurocode 3, Design of steel structures

Learning assessment

Evaluation methods
The exam consists of an oral exam and includes the discussion of the project of the year done by the students in group as part of the course and discussion of the theoretical and computational issues presented during the course.
The students have to complete the following exercises: 1) Design of a prestressed RC element, 2) Resolution of a slab with Grashof and FE methods, 3) Design of a simple steel joint, 4) Design under seismic actions of a RC building by means of a software. The student must demonstrate complete mastery of the tools used to carry out such design and be able to justify the solutions adopted. It must also demonstrate that you understand the formal, theoretical and practical aspect presented.

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