A comparison of ‘AS/NZS 1170.2:2011 Wind Actions’ and structural analysis software packages for design of structures

Stanford, Rawdon (2020) A comparison of ‘AS/NZS 1170.2:2011 Wind Actions’ and structural analysis software packages for design of structures. [USQ Project]

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Abstract

Structures are subjected to a series of loadings throughout their design life. Wind actions and their resultant loadings form part of this series and they must be catered for during the erection and use of the structure. For many years, wind actions have been calculated by hand or using readily available computer programs such as Microsoft Excel to speed up the hand calculation process. It is becoming increasingly commonplace for engineers to utilize structural analysis software packages to help solve complex and time-consuming problems. This process is in part due to the numerous and sometimes repetitive calculations required by AS/NZS 1170.2:2011 (AS1170.2).

No research has been identified that checks the output accuracy of structural analysis software packages such as SkyCiv and ClearCalcs in comparison to hand calculations for design of structures to AS1170.2. This begs the question, as a user of the software, how do you know the inputs and outputs accurate, legitimate and in accordance with the standard?

The aims of this research project are;
• Provide a background on the requirements of AS1170.2
• Research structural analysis software packages that can perform wind loading calculations • Compare the results of hand calculations and software packages for a structure, or range of structures
• Discuss the reasons for variations and identify improvements to software packages


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Additional Information: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Civil)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 -)
Supervisors: Banerjee, Sourish
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2021 06:42
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2021 06:42
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/43030

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