


Politecnico di Torino  
Academic Year 2016/17  
01PQAPV existing structures: analysis and testing nti 

Master of sciencelevel of the Bologna process in Architecture Heritage Preservation And Enhancement  Torino 





Subject fundamentals
The course aims at integrating the basic skills of the students with fundamental aspects for the analysis and design of structures, such as fundamentals of the finite element method, the seismic behaviour of structures, basics of foundation systems. A second applicative one will follow this first theoretical part, where the students, using a commercial code, will analyze an example of architectonic structure or a previous projects to understand its specific complexities and criticalities, till the realization of the executive structural drawings. The Class is completed by elements of masonry structural statics.

Expected learning outcomes
The class gives the students the possibility of acquiring knowledge and comprehension in the design and practical aspects of new and existing structures. Moreover, it twill have a strongly applicative section where knowledge and comprehension will be applied to the production of a structural project.

Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Fundamentals of Statics and Mechanics of Structures, verification of steel and concrete structural members.

Contents
• Fundamentals of geotechnical engineering and systems of foundation. Other geotechnical structures (retaining walls and diaphragms); (4h)
• Elements of dynamics and seismic behaviour of structures; (6h, 0.6CFU) • Criteria for seismic design of reinforced concrete structures. Failure case histories; (2h, 0.2CFU) • Analysis of significant parts of the actual standards for the design of structures; (4h, 0.4CFU) • Fundamentals of the finite element method. Monodimensional, bidimensional and tridimensional finite elements; (2h, 0.2CFU) • Use of software for the design and assessment of structures; (8h, 0.8CFU) • Assisted design: the students analyze their own case study with the support of the professor, carrying out the analysis of the sensitivity of the structural response depending on the input data (structural optimization) and developing their project till the realization of the executive drawings with the proposed software. (30h, 3.0CFU) • Elements of masonry structural statics (4h, 0.4CFU) 
Delivery modes
The class is divided into a part of teaching lessons and a part of application of the concepts where the students, divided into groups and under the professor supervision, will develop a check or a design of a building with commercial software for structural design. The theoretical part of the class has duration of 30h and the applicative part the remaining 30h. Although the applicative part is developed as group work the final exam is individual.

Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
The class has presentation slides available to the students, pdf files, classnotes and manuals of the software to be used for the applicative part. Reference and specialized textbooks are:
Reference books M. Mezzina, Fondamenti di tecnica delle costruzioni E. Cosenza, G. Manfredi, Strutture in cemento armato. Basi della progettazione G. Toniolo, M. Di Prisco, Cemento armato. Calcolo agli stati limite. Vol. 2A R.W. Clough, J. Penzien, Dynamics of Structures R. Lancellotta, J. Calavera (2003) Fondazioni. McGrawHill. Norme Tecniche per le Costruzioni, D.M. 14/01/2008, e successive modificazioni ed integrazioni. Specialized books K.J. Bathe (1996) Finite Element Procedures. Prentice Hall. J.E. Bowles (2001) Foundation Analysis and Design. McGraw Hill Higher Education. A.K. Chopra (2007) Dynamics of Structures, Third Ed., Prentice Hall. 
Assessment and grading criteria
• written exam with 10 questions on the theoretical parts of the class; (the score is proportional to the number of correct answers. At least 6 of the 10 replies must be correct. Weight: 50% of the final score)
• exam and discussion of the project developed during the class (Weight: 50% of the final score) • optional whenever doubts exist on the real acquisition of the skills: realization of the computational model and the executive structural drawings of a simple structure (cantilever beam, frame) related to a theme assigned by the professor and using the commercial software. Showing insufficient ability will lead to insufficient exam. The written part of the exam has a duration of 45 min. Nothing can be consulted during the written part of the exam. Informatic tools and telephones are not allowed. 
