The course aims to consolidate the knowledge of the mechanics of structures for the courses of the Masters Degrees, focused on the qualitative and quantitative study of the main structural morphologies.
Such knowledge ultimately concerns both the characterization of the behavior of building materials and the development of physical-mathematical models at the basis of design tools
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The main objective of the course is to acquire and consolidate the basic structural mechanics knowledge. The course is therefore aimed at studying the mechanical behavior of the main building materials (masonry, steel, concrete) and the main structural elements and systems made with them. The necessary tools will be provided for the calculation of stresses in isostatic and hyperstatic systems also through the use of the elastic line method. In order to present the problems of design and structural verification, the main concepts relating to deformable beam systems and the calculation of stresses in sections will be introduced using the Navier formula and Jourawski's approximate treatment for shear. Finally, the basic knowledge will be provided for the understanding of the strength criteria, the sizing and verification of the deflected structures and the Euler formulation for the buckling verification.

Core Documentation

Comi-Corradi dell’Acqua: Introduction to Structural Mechanics, McGraw-Hill Education
Casini, Vasta, Science of Constructions, Città Studi Edizioni

Corradi dell’Acqua: Mechanics of structures, the behavior of continuous systems, McGraw-Hill Education

Garrison: Basic structures for Engineers and Architects, Blackwell Publishing

Notes by the Professor.


Attendance is mandatory for the 75% of the hours

Type of evaluation

The written test requires the solution of a series of problems concerning: - computation of physical quantities in an expression - calculation of the geometric characteristics of a section - diagrams of axial force, shear a bending moment of a system of deformable beams - application of strength criteria to the cross-section of a beam. - calculation of the displacement of an isostatic beam