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Under-graduate courses:

  • Road Pavements Engineering

Year: 4th

Semester: 1st

Prerequisites: None

Target Students: Available also to Erasmus students

Method and Frequency of Class: 3 hours lectures, 3 hours examples  classes including laboratory practical sessions

Total Credits: 5.5 (ECTS)

Method of Assessment: Final examination (60%) and a Project (40%)

Graduates will:

Evaluate the design traffic considering the traffic aggressivity calculated from the identification of the different types of vehicles; description of the effect of climatic actions (temperature, water) in the characteristics of the different types of materials.

Refer to the materials composing each pavement layer, explain their functions, describe their constitution as well as their main physical and mechanical characteristics.

Distinguish actions, stresses and strains, describe and analyse the behaviour of the pavement regarding different actions and materials conditions.

Explain the evolution of design methods, with the description of the different phases of an analytical design method.

Identify and describe the main types of pavement road distresses and describe the main methods and equipment for the pavement monitoring.

Construct the model of the existing pavement to be rehabilitated, considering the results of the field and laboratorial monitoring, proposing solutions to solve the problem, analysing the efficacy of different rehabilitation techniques.

Describe the different phases of the production of bituminous mixtures, comprising its placement in the pavement, as well as the identification of the main critical points of the control quality phase highlighting its importance on the final quality.

 

  • Highways Engineering

Year: 3rd

Semester: 1st and 2nd

Prerequisites: None

Target Students: Available also to Erasmus students

Method and Frequency of Class: 3 hours lectures, 3 hours project classes

Total Credits: 5.0 (ECTS)

Method of Assessment: Final examination (60%) and a Project (40%)

Graduates will:

Analyse traffic data needed for road design

Design the general characteristics of a road functions of traffic data

Define the horizontal alignment of a road

Define the vertical alignment of a road

Identify the elements of a road cross-section

Calculate the road earthworks and makes it distribution

Design the drainage system of a road

Evaluate the geotechnical properties of the site to implant a road

Identify the components of the road signs

Design the signs for temporary road works

 

  • Surveying

Year: 2nd

Semester: 2nd

Prerequisites: None

Target Students: Available also to Erasmus students

Method and Frequency of Class: 2 hours lectures, 2 hours project classes

Total Credits: 5.0 (ECTS)

Method of Assessment: Final examination (100%)

Graduates will:

Identify and draw earth projection systems in a plan;

Identify, define and draw elementary relief shapes;

Distinguish cartographic supports, describe topographic apparatus and its working system;

Identify and describe the methods to calculate coordinates, distance and angles;

Calculate and correct errors regarding polygonals; 

Perform geometric and trigonometric levellings and calculate and correct its errors;

Identify relief representation methods on plans and calculate areas and volumes;

Calculates circular curves’ parameters.

GPS

 

 

Post-graduate courses:

  • Layout Design

Graduates will:

Analyses the traffic data for design rural and urban roads

Design horizontal and vertical alignments for rural and urban roads

Define the cross-section for rural and urban roads

Design intersections in rural and urban roads

Use computer programs to design roads

 

  • Pavement Maintenance Management

Graduates will:

Explain basic concepts of road management

Identify, describes, locates and analyses the causes of pavement distresses

Describe the monitoring equipment and the most used methods of road surveying

Describe and analyse road’s management systems structure

Identify pavement’s management systems components

Design pavement overlay using specialized computer programs

Describe overlay’s construction techniques

 

  • Pavement Engineering

Graduates will:

Identify several road pavement types

Analyse different road materials

Identify failure mechanisms of a road pavement

Design a new road pavement

Identify the paving technology for pavement construction

 

 

 

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Last update: 27-Fev-2014