Conception and Dimensioning of Structures

Academic year
Subject Area
Structures and Structural Mechanics
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
2nd Cycle Studies - Mestrado

Recommended Prerequisites

Mechanics, Structures and Strength of Materials

Learning Outcomes

The specific objectives of the unit are:

- to provide the students with competences for the structural analysis and design of non-current structures;

- to stimulate the creativeness and critic thinking of the students, so that they can develop a pro-active attitude as structural design practitioners or professionals;

- to make the student familiar with computational tools commonly used in Structural Design, namely programs of structural analysis and design and CAD/technical drawing.

The generic skills to be improved are the capability for analysis and synthesis, informatics skills in the domain of knowledge of the unit, the critic thinking, the creativeness and the practical application of theoretical knowledge.

Work Placement(s)



Study of non-current structures:

1. Cables and arches:

Funicular and anti-funicular systems. Idiosincrasies: linear versus nonlinear analysis.

2. Analysis and design of plane laminar structures

Shear walls in reinforced concrete. Modeling with plane stress finite elements. Isostatic lines. Stress maps. Reinforcement design. Approximate modeling with bar elements.

3. Analysis and design of structures on elastic foundation

Light application: swimming pool. Plane analysis. Strengthening of the corners.

Heavy application: raft foundation. Modeling with plate elements. Modeling as a grid. Approximate manual strip analysis.

4. Basic design of an arch timber footbridge

Actions and combinations. Structural modeling. Stress-laminated timber deck: design rules. Overall bracing. Analysis.

5. Basic design of another special structure, as an alternative to 4.

Head Lecturer(s)

Luís Filipe da Costa Neves


- Sistemas Estruturais (2003), Heino Engel, Editorial Gustavo Gili SA, Barcelona, Espanha

- Hormigón Armado (2001), Montoya-Meseguer-Morán, Editorial Gustavo Gili SA, Barcelona, Espanha

- Tratado de construccion (1977), H. Schmitt,, Editorial Gustavo Gili SA, Barcelona, Espanha

- Reabilitação Estrutural (2010), Vítor Cóias, Argumentum, GECoRPA, Lisboa, Portugal

- Estática Aplicada para Engenharia Civil e Arquitetura (2009), João H. Negrão, DEC-FCTUC

- Eurocódigos Estruturais (EC0-EC1-EC2-EC5)