Civil and environmental engineering
Study-unit Code
Ingegneria civile
Gianluca Cerni
  • Gianluca Cerni
  • 56 ore - Gianluca Cerni
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
The course aims to provide all the elements necessary for the design of a road infrastructure. In particular, the main topics concern: mechanics of locomotion, sight distances, planimetric and altimetric axis and cross section.
Reference texts
F.A. Santagata e altri, STRADE - TEORIA E TECNICA DELLE COSTRUZIONI STRADALI, vol.I - progettazione, Editore Pearson

P. Ferrari, F. Giannini, Ingegneria stradale, volume I - ISEDI
G. Tesoriere, Strade ferrovie ed aeroporti, volume I - UTET
T. Esposito, R. Mauro, La geometria stradale, Hevelius edizioni
M. Agostinacchio, D. Ciampa, S. Olita, La progettazione delle strade, EPC Libri
Educational objectives
The course aims to provide all the elements necessary for the design of a road infrastructure . The main expected learning results are:
knowledge and understanding of the mechanics of locomotion, the calculation of sight distances, the study of the planimetric and altimetric axis, the choice of the cross section;
skill to select the right design of a roadway according to the criteria of the current legislation.
In order to deeply understand mathematical models involved in the program of the course and to reach the expected learning results the following elements are required:
Mathematical analysis: analytic functions, differential and integral calculus of functions, partial differential equations.
Physics: motion in the plane (position, speed and acceleration); dynamic (inertia, the concept of force)
Teaching methods
The course is organized in:
Face-to-face lessons;
Practical training;
Learning verification modality
The exam of the course consists of an oral discussions and the simultaneous evaluation of a project developed during the course.
The oral exam, about 30-45 minutes, is directed to check out the knowledge level over the course contents, the acquired ability to apply the studied techniques and the ability to select the proper methodology by self-judgement. Furthermore, the oral exams have also the objective to evaluate communication skills and the usage of an appropriate language about the theoretical and practical subjects of the course.
The final evaluation will be provided by a weighted average of the results obtained in the oral examination and in the evaluation of the project, with the following weights: oral test: 3/4; evaluation of the project: 1/4.
Extended program
The course aims to provide all the elements necessary for the design of a road infrastructure. Therefore, the course is organized in different units as in the following described:
Road accidents.
Infrastructure and vehicle.
Mechanics of locomotion: external forces, reaction forces, equation traction.
Sight distances: stop, overtaking.
Planimetric axis: tangents, circular curves and transition.
Altimetric axis: livellettes and vertical curves.
Cross section.
Road intersections design.
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