Engineering of Civil and Mechanical Structural Systems
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|Engineering of Civil and Mechanical Structural Systems
(Ingegneria dei Sistemi Strutturali Civili e Meccanici)
||Presentation and Objectives of the School
|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)
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
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
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
- 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
|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.