University Teaching Activity

University Teaching Activity

Teaching Activity at Aarhus University

Timber Structures – Course type: Master degree program

The course is organized with Lectures (L) and Tutorials (T) on the following topics. Wood physical and mechanical properties. Strength classes and wooden structural element
classification. Influence of the environmental conditions, of the type of action, of the volume of loaded material on the structural performance of wooden element. Durability of timber elements and structures. Structural components and systems. Buckling of beams and columns. Connection Design: dowels and bolts, nails, screws, surface connectors. Design criteria of typical wooden structural beams (Single‐tapered beam, double‐tapered beam, curved beam and pitched cambered beam); Reinforcement criteria of timber elements; Design criteria of timber structures. Choice and design of connections. Detail design for durability purposes.

Teaching Activity at University of Kassel

Holzbau Vertiefung – Course type: Master degree program

The “Holzbau Vertiefung” Master’s degree course offers a comprehensive exploration of advanced timber construction principles. Through a combination of lectures and tutorials, students delve into various topics, including composite elements crafted from wood and wood-based materials, as well as wood and concrete; utilization of cross-laminated timber (CLT); diverse connection methodologies such as nails, screws, staples, shear connections, shear reinforcements, special dowels, and bonded techniques; examination of dynamic load effects encompassing vibration behaviors in ceiling structures, earthquake responses, and fatigue considerations; comprehensive study of hall and bridge structures, encompassing design principles, load-bearing analyses, and intricate architectural details; modeling techniques for accurate representation of timber frameworks; systematic approaches to structural design and analysis of design variations; culminating in a practical excursion. This course equips students with profound insights into timber’s properties, structural classifications, environmental influences, and durability, enabling them to excel in modern timber construction and contribute
meaningfully to the field.

Konstruktiver Entwurf – Course type: Bachelor degree program

Konstruktiver Entwurf (Structural Design) is a fundamental module designed as a key qualification within the Bachelor’s degree program in Civil Engineering. Positioned as a pivotal link between structural engineering and the specialized aspects of construction in the Bachelor’s curriculum, this module imparts essential skills and knowledge. The focus lies on nurturing creativity and fostering teamwork among students. The curriculum is structured around engaging in a design task accompanied by complementary lectures. During the winter semester, Part A of the module entails the design of a bridge structure, while the summer semester features Part B with the design of a roof truss system. This holistic approach equips students with practical experience in both bridge and roof structural design. Flexibility is offered as students can choose to enroll in individual modules (3 credits) or opt for a comprehensive understanding by taking both modules collectively (6 credits). The module aims to empower students with critical skills, preparing them to excel in the realm of structural design through hands-on learning and collaborative endeavors.

Teaching Activity at University of Enna

Tecnica delle Costruzioni – Course type: Master degree program

Tecnica delle Costruzioni (Structural Engineering) is an integral component of the Master’s
degree program, offering students a profound exploration of structural analysis and design principles, with a specific focus on reinforced concrete structures. Acting as a vital bridge between construction and specialized structural aspects, the module cultivates essential skills such as creativity and teamwork. The curriculum seamlessly blends design tasks with pertinent lectures, covering a wide array of topics including force and deformation methods, matrix-based analysis, material characteristics, resistance evaluation, ultimate limit states for stresses, and applications in seismic regions. Through this comprehensive course, students gain advanced insights into structural principles, empowering them to proficiently analyze, verify, and design an array of reinforced concrete structural elements within varying conditions. This knowledge positions students to excel in the field of structural engineering, making meaningful contributions to intricate real-world projects.