Verification of simplified optimum designs for reinforced concrete beams

Prasad, Nitesh Nitin (2011) Verification of simplified optimum designs for reinforced concrete beams. [USQ Project]

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Current demand on resources have forced engineering sector to look at more efficient design and construction methods. Methods that will yield better designs that are cost
effective and puts less demand on decreasing resources. In this dissertation the use of topology optimisation for the design of concrete beams is investigated. The method
uses topology optimisation to obtain the optimum strut-and-tie model (STM) and then uses the STM provisions of AS3600:2009 to design the beam. As a control a
similar beam is designed using the conventional design methods and both beams are tested.

Test results showed that the conventional beam performed better then the optimum beam and it was concluded that construction methods utilised maybe the reason for
this results. It has been recommended that further research in this area is required with better construction procedures implemented.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Supervisors: Ghabraie, Kazem
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2013 07:04
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2013 07:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: topology optimisation; concrete beams; design
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090503 Construction Materials
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering

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