Structural Design B (students M-Z)


Prof. Gianmaria Di Lorenzo





Course objectives 

The course is addressed to students who have completed courses in statics and mechanics of solids.

The main objective of the course is to provide the basis for conceptual design of buildings and for the  verification of structural typologies adopted in the framework of architectural design, with a special focus on steel structures, made of hot-rolled as well as cold-formed profiles and reinforced concrete structures. The course is also aimed at presenting an integrated approach to structural design, taking into account environmental and durability requirements in addition to those related to economic and performance issues. 


Course contents 

The course is organized into three modules:

  • 1st Module: Introduction to structural design
  • 2nd Module:Design of steel structures 
  • 3rd Module: Design of reinforced concrete structures

The first module provides a general methodology for the study of structural systems. According to Eurocodes, they are explained operating phases to be implemented for the design of new and existing buildings. In the second and third module design procedures of steel and reinforced concrete structures are presented, respectively.


Learning outcomes and evaluation

It is expected that students will learn the fundamental methods and tools for computational analysis and design of structures according to an integrated approach to life-time engineering. The exam consists of the discussion on the subjects presented in the course and of the application of computational design procedures to exercises or selected case study (learning from existing structures).



  • Course notes provided by the professor 
  • D. Schodek, M. Bechthold, “Structures” (7th Edition), Pearson Education Inc., 2014
  • Eurocode 1: Actions on structures   (EN 1991)
  • Eurocode 2: Design of concrete structures   (EN 1992)
  • Eurocode 3: Design of steel structures   (EN 1993)