Civil engineering
Study-unit Code
Emanuela Speranzini
  • Emanuela Speranzini
  • Nicola Cavalagli (Codocenza)
  • 35 ore - Emanuela Speranzini
  • 28 ore (Codocenza) - Nicola Cavalagli
Course Regulation
Coorte 2021
Learning activities
Ingegneria civile
Academic discipline
Type of study-unit
Obbligatorio (Required)
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Language of instruction
Section of Diagnosis of structural damages:
Defining characteristics of the material wall. Diagnostic process in the path by the expression of static instability, determination of the disturbing causes that led to these failures.The importance of types of masonry in the seismic behavior of buildings. The diagnostic process as a series of investigations leading to the formulation of a diagnosis: history, physical examination, investigations with instruments.

Section of Special Structural Problems:
Wooden structures, Glass structures, Reinforced masonry structures and
Composite materials for the reinforcement of existing masonry
Reference texts
Mastrodicasa Sisto - Dissesti statici delle strutture edilizie – Ed. Hoepli
Strutture in Legno, autori: M. Piazza, R. Tomasi, R. Modena, ed. Hoepli.
Teaching material and specific references provided by the teacher online in Unistudium-unipg.
Educational objectives
The main objectives of teaching are to provide students with:
-the tools needed to trace the causes that have a certain damage in building structures, through a diagnostic procedure. Evaluate possible intervention strategies;
- theoretical and practical bases for the analysis and calculation of wooden structures, glass structures and FRP reinforced existing structures.
Acquisition of the ability to link the various topics, autonomy of judgment and deepening of the topics covered.
Basic knowledge of Dynamics of Structures, Computational Mechanics of Structures and Mechanical Testing of Materials, with particular reference to the characterisation of masonry, are required.
Teaching methods
Theoretical lessons, practical training - face to face and seminars. The course is aimed at addressing the most frequent problems in the study of wall decay; reinforcements of masonry structures using composite materials; wooden structures and structures in fragile material.
Other information
Working and / or non-attending students can also contact the teacher by
email to receive the necessary clarifications.
Students with disabilities and / or with DSA for any need can contact
directly the teacher of the Special Structural problem (she is one of the referent for
disability and DSA of the University of Perugia)
Learning verification modality
The exam consists of an oral test lasting about 30 minutes and focuses on a theme assigned among the various topics covered in the teaching of Diagnosis of Structural damagesand Special Structural Problems.
Extended program
Section of Diagnosis of structural damages:
Diagnostic process in the path by the expression of static instability, determination of the disturbing causes that led to these failures. Key events of static and dynamic instability: foundation failure, crushing, flexion, pushing and seismic action, depression of horizontal structures. Engineering approach to the study of damaged masonry. Monitoring progression of cracking and deformation techniques with traditional and contemporary methods.
The importance of types of masonry in the seismic behavior of buildings. Methods of assessing the quality of mansory walls, estimate levels of knowledge and confidence factors for masonry. Consolidation and repair of building and monuments. Analysis of instability: case studies.

Part of Special structural problems.
Wooden structures:
General considerations on the structure in solid wood and glulam. Technology of laminated wood. Criteria and calculation methods. Limit States. Structural types. Glass structures:
Mechanical behavior of glass. Float glass, multilayer, tempered and annealed. Design criteria, actions, modeling and verification. Examples of design.
Reinforced masonry structures:
Materials and construction techniques. Composite materials for the reinforcement of existing masonry structures
Mechanical behavior of composite materials. Use of composite materials in reinforcement of masonry structures.
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