


Politecnico di Torino  
Academic Year 2017/18  
01RVPMX Theory and design of reinforced and prestressed concrete structures 

Master of sciencelevel of the Bologna process in Civil Engineering  Torino 





Subject fundamentals
The purpose of this course is to provide students with a rational basis of the design of reinforced concrete members and structures, through advanced understanding of material and structural behavior.

Expected learning outcomes
After completing the course, the student is expected to have competences in calculation and design of the main elements in reinforced concrete structures according to current building codes. In particular, students will be able to do the following:
• Understand and explain the principles of reinforced concrete • Assess proper dead, live and other structural loads • Design and analyze reinforced concrete beams, slabs, columns, and footings for flexure, shear, axial loads, and torsion • Design and analyze reinforced concrete elements using proper design software • Work in a team during the group course project 
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
It is assumed that students have a background in structural analysis, mechanics of materials, and statics.

Contents
Introduction to concrete and reinforced concrete structures
Safety formats and conceptual design of reinforced concrete buildings Materials characterization and durability problems Design of beams and oneway slabs Design of twoway slabs and shear walls Design of short and slender columns Serviceability requirements Strut and Tie Modeling BeamColumn Joints Design for Torsion Resistance Prestressed concrete structures Resistance to horizontal loads Resistance to fire Innovation and sustainability of concrete structures A course project is assigned to several teams of students (up to 4 in each group) during the semester. The project requires designing a simple building by using the design principles learned in class. It is required to use hand calculation and open source design software. 
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
The handouts of the main arguments will be provided during the course. For further details, the following texts represent the basic bibliography:
ACI 31814 Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete and Commentary. American Concrete Institute, 2014. Comité Européen de Normalisation (CEN). EN 1992. Eurocode 2: Design of Concrete Structures. 2004. fib Model Code for Concrete Structures 2010. Ernst & Sohn; 1st edition, 2013. Collins M.P., Mitchell D. Prestressed Concrete Structures. Response Publications, 1997. Kamara M.E., Novak L. C. Simplified Design of Reinforced Concrete Buildings, Portland Cement Association, 2011. Nilson A., Darwin D., Dolan C. Design of Concrete Structures. McGrawHill Education; 14th edition, 2009. Park R., Gamble W.L. Reinforced concrete slabs. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2nd edition, 2000. Park R., Paulay T. Reinforced Concrete Structures. Wiley; 1st edition, 1975. Wight J.K., MacGregor J.G. Reinforced Concrete  Mechanics and Design. Prentice Hall; 6th edition, 2011 
Assessment and grading criteria
The exam is divided into three parts. The first part is the course project, which has to be completed within the end of the semester (10 points). The second part is a written test, consisting of the solution of two simple problems (10 points). Finally, there is an individual oral colloquium of about 20 minutes, during which a series of questions on some parts of the course are asked (10 points).

