063-0902-00L  Historical Constructions

SemesterSpring Semester 2021
LecturersS. Holzer
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman
CommentThis core course (ends with «00L») can only be passed once! Please check this before signing up.


AbstractThe lecture on historical constructions deals with historical structures, building technology and mechanics. Each year, a different set of examples is selected.
ObjectiveThe participants learn how to approach historical constructions. At the end of the lecture series, they have a basic understanding about the detailing, the effects caused by historic building processes, and the mechanical behaviour of historical buildings.
ContentIn the spring term of 2021, we will cover:
historical constructions based on the example of bridges
- from Roman antiquity to early reinforced concrete
- in timber, stone, iron, and concrete

Individual topics include:
- how bridge construction sites were selected and organized
- how bridge piers could be built in water
- how timber bridges were designed and built
- how arch bridges were built and what the centerings looked like
- how an arch works statically and how this influences arch bridge construction
- how the iron truss conquered bridge building
- how concrete evolved from rammed to reinforced in bridge building
Lecture notesNone, however, some lectures will be based on journal papers and other materials made accessible to participants.