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Engineering of Civil and Mechanical Structural Systems
(Ingegneria dei Sistemi Strutturali Civili e Meccanici)
Page last updated: 04/04/2007

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Head of the School
Prof. D. Bigoni
Tel. +39 0461 882507
e-mail e-mail

Department Assistant
Elena Staltari
Tel. +39 0461 882549

Secretariat of the Doctoral School
Rosanna Verones
Tel. +39 0461 882503

E-mail for all enquiries: e-mail

Central Office of Doctoral Studies of the University of Trento

Admission to the Doctoral School in Structural Engineering - 22nd cycle: Short list

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The Graduate School in Engineering of Civil and Mechanical Structural Systems was formally started in the 17th cycle (2001), originating from the combination of two preceding doctorate programmes: the programme in Materials and Structural Engineering which started with the 9th cycle (1993) and the programme in Design, Conservation and Control of Conventional and Innovative Structures in the 15th cycle (1999).
The Doctoral School is aimed at co-ordinating and developing complementary skills in various research fields of Mechanics of Solids and Structural Engineering of great current interest. To this end, the School is articulated into research areas, so that it can use together the capabilities of other disciplines in a modern holistic approach to research.

The Doctoral School programme is oriented towards the development of research and formation of researchers in two main research areas (curricula):
A) Mechanics of Materials and Structures;
B) Design, Preservation and Control of Structures.

The Graduate School programme includes specific courses, seminaries held by Professors from the same and other Universities of considerable scientific value and laboratory work carried out in research laboratories. The specific courses offer the candidates the chance to acquire advanced skills in research activities that can be profitably applied to a variety of careers in research, teaching and advanced professional practice in the broad sense of structural engineering, encompassing mechanics of solids, smart structures, architectural, earthquake and geotechnical engineering.

University of Trento – Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering (DIMS).
Disciplines Involved in the School (Italian code and name) go to indexgo upgo down
ICAR/07 - Geotechnics
ICAR/08 - Structural Mechanics and Strength of Materials
ICAR/09 - Structural Analysis and Design
ICAR/10 - Building Technology and Architecture
ICAR/11 - Building Process
ICAR/18 - History of Architecture
ING-INF/04 - Automatic Control
ING-INF/05 - Systems for Data Processing
School Programme go to indexgo upgo down
The School programme is articulated into 2 research areas:
A) Mechanics of Materials and Structures:
the relevant courses focus on the mechanics of solids and structures and, more in general, on the study of the mechanical behaviour of materials. Within this curriculum, fields of research inherent to the behaviour of a wide class of materials are developed: from the innovative, viz. structural ceramics, composites, metal alloys with phase transformation, piezoelectric, smart materials, polymers, to those traditional to building engineering, i.e. steel, concrete, masonry, wood, stone, earth. The study of the mechanical behaviour of such materials, both from the viewpoint of the constitution and from that of the conditions of resistance, will be dealt with at an experimental level and from the technical/computational viewpoint.
B) Design, Preservation and Control of Structures:
the relevant courses focus on the following topics:
- analysis and performance of structures;
- safety evaluation of structures using experimental analyses based on non-destructive testing techniques and comparison with computer models;
- durability and restoration to be considered during design;
- monitoring, analysis, diagnosis and identification of historical-monumental buildings and bridges, considering soil-structure interaction phenomena;
- strengthening and control of historical-monumental buildings and bridges;
- analysis and design of smart structures.

The teaching programme includes monographic courses, cycles of seminars held by internal and external Lecturers and laboratory work. The monographic courses are aimed at giving a basic preparation for highly qualified research activities.

The thesis topic and the tutor must be determined at the end of the first year, in agreement with the Graduate School Council.

In order to obtain the title of Ph.D. the candidate must earn 180 university credits distributed as follows:
- 50 credits reserved for the attendance of specific courses offered by the Graduate School or by other Graduate School programmes in other universities within the sphere of co-operation agreements with similar courses or for the attendance of other specialist courses of an equal level offered by Italian or foreign universities;
- 20 credits for training courses and/or the attendance of seminars and specialization courses within companies and public and private research institutes. The Graduate School Council evaluates the compatibility of such activities with the training objectives and establishes number of credits according to the value of the same. Teaching experience is required for all Ph.D. students in Structural Engineering prior to taking the final examination. Teaching experience is defined as lecturing in either a problem-solving section or laboratory session, or in an undergraduate course designated by the Graduate School Council. The requirement can be fulfilled by service as a teaching assistant.
- 110 credits for research activity on the specific topic of the Ph.D. dissertation.

Each doctoral student has the possibility of spending a period of activity in a foreign research center, which shall not exceed 18 months (can be discontinuous). The location of such a period abroad will be agreed upon by the doctoral student, his/her own tutor and the Doctoral School Council.

Specific courses and research activities are offered to doctoral students in high profile scientific Universities for which agreements with the Graduate School exist. In detail, doctoral students can acquire advanced knowledge and skills in the field of structural mechanics in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder (USA); and in solid mechanics, identification and control of materials and structures at the Laboratoire d’Analyse des Matériaux et Identification, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Paris (France).
Universities of Consortium go to indexgo upgo down
Università IUAV - Dipartimento di Costruzione dell’ Architettura (DCA-Venezia), Tolentini Santa Croce 191, Venezia.
Università degli Studi di Brescia - Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile (DIC-Brescia), via Branze 38/40, Brescia.
Università degli Studi di Padova - Dipartimento di Costruzioni e Trasporti (DCT-Padova), via Marzolo 9, Padova.
Università degli Studi di Trieste - Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile (DIC-Brescia), via Valerio 10, Trieste.
Università degli Studi di Udine - Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile (DIC-Udine), via delle Scienze 208, Udine.
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A series of services are offered to doctoral students through the following offices:

- General support: Secretariat of the Doctoral School;
- General support: Central Office of Doctoral Studies ;
- Support for Foreign Students – Co-ordinator of International Guests Office ;
- Support for Education – Opera Universitaria .