Course detail

Steel Constructions

FSI-ZOKAcad. year: 2017/2018

Subject connects areas of corrosin prevention and design of steel construction to the one logical frame. Subject brings to students fundamental information of design theory of steel construction in building industries, limiting state theory, dimensioning element of steel construction in building industries, jointing elements of engineering construction, design of indoor construction. At the same time gain knowledge about the complex degradation mechanisms in structural materials, non-ferrous metals, plastics and reinforced concrete structures. Students will also get an overview of how to protect against degradation of metal surfaces with protective coatings, metallization and modern form of anti-corrosion surface treatment, which are applied in all technical sectors from microcomponents through pipelines, ocean freight ship to pressure circuits of nuclear power plants. The practical part is focused on deepening knowledge of engineering analysis by FEM with a focus on steel structures and advanced non-linear problems.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Area of education is familiarization with thermodynamic and kinetic corrosion aspects, with sorts of rust and their synergistic effect at application of modern constructional materials. Students prepares on psychological problems, which get - togetherness engineer in consequences of degradation material, at solving industrial production problems in consequence of the process corrosion.

Students will acquire knowledge of the theory of limit states, designing of elements with tension and pressure loading and learn how to practically use computational methods of structural mechanics, design of supporting structures. Students will realize the difference between the design of engineering and civil-engineering structures. Students become familiar with the thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of corrosion, the types of corrosion and their synergistic effects during the application of modern construction materials with metal and macromolecular origin, and with the possibilities of their effective protection.


Knowledge in area of solid mechanics, strength of materials, material science.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Černý, M.: Korozní vlastnosti kovových konstrukčních materiálů. SNTL Praha, I. vydání 1984
WALD, F. a kol., Prvky ocelových konstrukcí. Příklady podle Eurokódů: [skripta]. ČVUT Praha, 2003
Číhal, V.: Mezikrystalická koroze ocelí a slitin. SNTL Praha, 1994
Studnička, J.: Ocelové konstrukce. [skripta]. ČVUT, 2006
Macháček, J., Studnička, J.: Ocelové konstrukce 2, ČVUT, 2005
Studnička, J., Ocelové konstrukce 10. Normy. [skripta]. ČVUT Praha, 2006
Studnička, J., Holický, M., Ocelové konstrukce 20. Zatížení staveb podle Eurokódu. [skripta]. ČVUT Praha, 2003

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Exercises are focused on practical topics presented in lectures.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Course-unit credit is awarded on the following conditions: active participation in the seminars, elaboration of the project from laboratory and computational exercises.
Examination: course is finished by the final test. In the test, the student has to prove knowledge from lectures and laboratory exercises.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


Familiarize students with design problems, construction and protection of steel constructions. Demonstrate assembly processes, dimensioning and design principles. Extend knowledge of students in the area of protection against corrosion with reference to increasing requirements on quality and predicted durability of the products at different types of installations.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance at lectures is recommended; attendance at laboratory practicals is obligatory and checked by the lecturer. Compensation of missed lessons depends on the instructions of course supervisor.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-KSI , 2. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction, engineering construction, theory of limiting states.
2. Steel construction – design of elements with tension and compression loading.
3. Steel construction – design of elements with bending loading.
4. Steel construction – joining of steel structure components.
5. Steel construction – hall systems.
6. Drawings
7. Introduction to corrosion process.
8. Thermodynamic and kinetics of corrosion processes.
9. Electrochemical corrosion.
10. Corrosion of non-ferrous metals Al, Zn, Ti, Zr, past and future in the application of materials.
11. Protection coatings, metallization and modern types of anti-corrosion surface treatment.
12. Biological corrosion, corrosion of plastics.
13. Corrosion of reinforced concrete structures.

Computer-assisted exercise

14 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Design of the steel structures, determination of load.
2. Design of the steel structures, tension and pressure, buckling stability.
3. Design of the steel structures, bending and shear.
4. Design of the steel structures, bolted and welded joints.
5. Steel structures - a parametric model for the FEA.
6. Steel structures - drawning principles.
7. Course-unit credit.

labs and studios

12 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Experimental test methods of corrosion degradation in the laboratory.
2. Accelerated tests in chamber with salt mist - exposure of test samples according to testing standard.
3. Accelerated testing in an environment with SO2 - exposure of test samples according to testing standard.
4. Evaluation of test samples (salt mist and SO2), metallographic evaluation.
5. Verification of quality of anti-corrosion coatings by conventional methods (visual, lattice, bending).
6. Preparation of anchor profile (blasting, grinding, degreasing), testing of anticorrosion coating by adhesion tests according to testing standard.