During this course the student will acquire fundamental knowledge of the steel steructures in civil engieering and architecture. The basic principles of the designing and the dimensioning of the structural steeel elements and cross-sections as well as of the connections according to the European standards Eurocodes 3 will be explained.

In this way, the basic definitions, the world production of steel structures, the biggest world’s steel buildings and bridges, the material properties of steel, the structure safety, actions, connections, welds, bolts, rivets, the elastic and plastic resistances of cross-sections, the resistances of structure elements, buckling, the lateral-torsional buckling, the shear buckling, ropes and cables and a simple single-storey frame steel building will be introduced in details.



The course will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction, definitions, steelmaking, steel properties, history of steel structures, types of steel structures, world steel buildings and bridges
  • Mechanical properties, tension test, bend test, fracture toughness, fatigue strength, steel grades
  • Safety, actions, codes, Eurocode 3, ultimate and serviceability limit states
  • Connections, resistance, welds, rivets, bolts, preloaded bolts, pins
  • Cross-sections, classification, elastic and plastic resistances, tension, compression, bending, shear, combinations
  • Structural member, buckling, lateral-torsional buckling, shear buckling, resistance to transverse force, combinations, ropes and cables
  • Simple single-storey frame steel building


  • EN 1993-1-1, Design of steel structures – General rules.
  • EN 1993-1-5, Design of steel structures – Plates structures.
  • EN 1993-1-8, Design of steel structures – Design of joints.