Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

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Second semester
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Course description

The purpose of the course is 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 and steel strucures.
- Knowledge of the structural behavior of special structural elements such as stairs, corner overhang, holes in a slab.
- 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.

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


Structural dynamics and earthquake engineering


The prestressed concrete: concepts, technology, materials, failure mode, design and verification standards (SLS and ULS). Verification of an element (beam) in p.c.. The final design of the structures: descriptive and elaborate graphics. The list drawn up of the structural design. Structural elements made of both prestressed and conventional concrete: analysis phases of life, regulatory requirements. The designs of carpentry of the floors. Drawing a structural design: AutoCAD, formats, line styles, dimensions, external references, model space and paper space. Year project: 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 and verification of RC stairs. Dimensioning 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.
Principles of design and verification for steel elements (16 hours of theory + 8 hours of exercises).
Properties of steel. Principles of design and verification for steel elements: strength and buckling verifications. Code indications. Design and verification of simple joints (bolts and welding) Code indications. Numerical examples.

The technology and the calculation of the structural works in prestressed reinforced concrete. Structural behavior of special structural elements, such as stairs, corner overhang, holes in slabs. Criteria for the executive design and verification of structures in the seismic area. Methods and criteria of executive design of a reinforced concrete building located in seismic area, also with the aid of a calculation software for professional use. Principles of design and verification of steel structures and connections

Teaching Methods

Lessons in the classroom with the help of the blackboard and multimedia tools. Exercises using the PC for each student and training in the use of professional software. Homeworks with numerical exercises and PC simulations


- 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 17.01.2018.
- 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

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) design of a simple steel joint.
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.

More information

The course of Structural Design is made of 9 CFU: 6CFU are assigned to prof. Caterino, the other 3CFU to prof. Ceroni. The final exam is unique with single commission.


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