Engineering structures for the environment

The module is structured in two courses: “Design of environmental and protective structures”, and “Structure durability: monitoring and control”.

After the presentation of some introductory parts, the approach is highly problem-oriented, focusing the proposed work on several different structural typologies always interacting with soil. Mechanical issues regarding the behaviour of standard and advanced materials (steel, reinforced concrete, fibre reinforced concrete), the soil-structure interaction problems, the slope stabilization by means of structural and non-structural intervention measures, will be profitably coupled with the knowledge of the phenomena affecting the durability of metallic and reinforced concrete structures in natural environments (atmosphere, soil, water). The goal is to provide the students a rational approach to precisely quantify the safety of the cited structural and environmental systems.

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