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School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Now offering two distinct diplomas: Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering

Structural Analysis and Reinforced Concrete


SchoolChemical and Environmental Engineering
Course LevelUndergraduate
DirectionEnvironmental Engineering
Course IDENVE 321Semester5th
Course CategoryRequired
Course ModulesInstruction Hours per WeekECTS
Lectures and Tutorials4
Th=3, E=1, L=0
Course TypeScientific Area
Instruction/Exam LanguageGreek
The course is offered to Erasmus studentsNo
Course URLhttps//   (in Greek)



Learning Outcomes

The main objective of the course is to enrich students’ basic knowledge in structural mechanics and strength of materials. The course is divided in two thematic sections:
a) basic principles of structural analysis utilizing direct stiffness method - introduction to the finite element method,
b) basic principles of reinforced concrete design.

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Gain knowledge on the basic principles of direct stiffness method for the analysis of truss and frame structures at both analytical and computational level.
  • Analyze and deal with the basic parameters of simple beam and truss structures.
  • Revoke the main concepts of reinforced concrete design.
  • Acquire the necessary background with respect to the basic principles of design norms, e.g., Greek code and Eurocode 2.
  • Distinguish the main steps of design process of typical buildings and creation of basic construction drawings.
  • Apply theory in practice: construction phases and details, site supervision, etc.
General Competencies/Skills
  • Search, analyze and synthesize data and information, using the necessary technologies
  • Adaptation to new circumstances and challenges
  • Decision-making
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Design and manage projects
  • Advance free, creative  and causative thinking


The course content includes:

  1. Basic principles of structural analysis.
  2. Types of structures (frames and trusses, continuous structures)
  3. Matrix stiffness analysis method - Application in 2D/3D frames and trusses.
  4. Formulation and solution of static equilibrium equations.
  5. Implementation of the matrix stiffness analysis method via specialized software.
  6. Introduction to the finite element method - Application in static analysis of structures.
  7. Basic theory of reinforced concrete structures analysis and design principles according to contemporary Greek/Eurocodes norms.
  8. Properties of concrete and reinforcement steel.
  9. Types of loads, limit states and related checks for reinforced concrete buildings.
  10. Design of structural members under compression, tension, bending moments.
  11. Design of structural members undershear forces and moments.
  12. Special norm requirements and detailing provisions.
  13. Construction rules for basic structural elements (slabs, beams, columns, foundations) of reinforced concrete buildings.


Lecture MethodDirect (face to face)

Use of Information and Communication Technology

  • Extensive use of Information & Communication Technology in teaching procedure
  • Power point presentations
  • E-class support (for teaching and students communication)
  • Specialized software.
Instruction OrganisationActivityWorkload per Semester
- Lectures -  Theory39
- Lectures -  Methodology13
- Projects (individual reports)20
- Autonomous study28
Course Total100

Assessment Method

Ι. Written final examination (70%): Solution of characteristic problems related to lesson themes.

ΙΙ. Individual Projects (30%).


  • Calculation methods of reinforced concrete, Zararis P.,  (Eudoxus code: 55590637)
  • Design of reinforced concrete structures Ι, Tsonos A., (Eudoxus code: 68403376)
  • Reinforced Concrete Design, B. Mosley, J. Bungey, R. Hulse (Eudoxus code: 50656355)
  • Reinforced Concrete Structures , Houliaras J., (Eudoxus code:9693)


Course Instructor:Professor Y. Tsompanakis (Faculty - ChEnvEng)
Lectures:Professor Y. Tsompanakis (Faculty - ChEnvEng)
Tutorial exercises:I. Koutsogiannaki (LTS - ChEnvEng)
Laboratory Exercises: