72770 - Theory Of Structures M

Scheda insegnamento

Academic Year 2017/2018

Learning outcomes

With the achievement of credits, the student knows advanced tools Structural Mechanics and develops knowledge of building science to arrive in the disposal of general structural problems and the theory of two-dimensional flat and curved solid.

Course contents

General principles.

Membrane and bending theory of curved shells.

Rectangular plates.

Circular plates.

Modelling of in-plane arches.

Elastic stability.

Snap-through buckling.

Buckling of beams and plates.

Differential Quadrature Method.


Tornabene F., Teoria delle Strutture a Guscio in Materiale Composito, Esculapio Editrice, Bologna, 2017.

Tornabene F., Dimitri R., Stabilità dell'Equilibrio Elastico, Esculapio Editrice, Bologna, 2015.

Tornabene F., Fantuzzi N., Bacciocchi M., DiQuMASPAB User Manual , Esculapio Editrice, Bologna, 2018.

Tornabene F., Meccanica delle Strutture a Guscio in Materiale Composito. Il Metodo Generalizzato di Quadratura Differenziale, Esculapio Editrice, Bologna, 2012.

Teaching methods

The course is entirely done during school hours. The lessons are supplemented by exercises in the classroom.

Assessment methods

Achievements will be assessed by the means of a final exam. This is based on an analytical assessment of the "expected learning outcomes" described above.
In order to properly assess such achievement the examination is composed composed of almost three questions, for each question the scores max is 10 points.
The oral session, consists of: a technical conversation regarding the topics of the course.
Higher grades will be awarded to students who demonstrate an organic understanding of the subject, a high ability for critical application, and a clear and concise presentation of the contents.
To obtain a passing grade, students are required to at least demonstrate a knowledge of the key concepts of the subject, some ability for critical application, and a comprehensible use of technical language.
A failing grade will be awarded if the student shows knowledge gaps in key-concepts of the subject, inappropriate use of language, and/or logic failures in the analysis of the subject.

Teaching tools

The tools to support teaching in the classroom are: the overhead projector and the projector.

Links to further information


Office hours

See the website of Francesco Tornabene