Course detail

Defects in Supporting Structures

FA-PNKCompulsory-optionalBachelor's (1st cycle)Acad. year: 2010/2011Summer semester3. year of study2  credits

The durability and the process of failure of building materials in dependence on the environment. Typical failures of buildings in relation to their previous function (residential buildings, industrial buildings, public buildings) and their potential removal. Diagnostics of failures. Excursions to buildings with exposed supporting structures. Failures of wood, metal, masonry and concrete structures). Diagnostics, definition of causes of failures, and principles of their removal.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Knowledge of the causes and the minifestations of failures, their impact on the structure's reliability and durability. Classification of failures by material and causes. Diagnostics of failures,prevention of failures.


Knowledge of basics of bearing structure design.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Vlček M. a kolektiv: Poruchy a rekonstrukce staveb, ERA Brno 2001
Vlček, M. a kolektiv: Poruchy a rekonstrukce staveb, ERA Brno, 2001

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Point assessment, summary of results of work in the semester - 20 - 40 points, final oral test-30 - 60 points.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

Influences applied on construction along their service life
Durability constructions
Porušování constructions brick from burnt bricks and from unburned earth, causes
Porušování concrete constructions, causes
Porušování metal constructions, causes
Porušování wooden constructions, causes
Make - up bearing construction old constructions housing, usual disturbances these constructions
Make - up bearing construction old constructions industrial, usual disturbances these constructions
Inquiries constructions, recognition activities rents (active, pasivni,...)
Diagnostics constructions – method destructive, NDRO
Troubleshooting – possibilities, outlines
Practical progress at recognition state object
Prevention rise disorders


Ability to apprehend the failures of structures, preliminary assessment of their causes and significance.

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

The student's duty is to attend at least at 70 % of teaching.

Type of course unit


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer