Exploring Practical Optimal Topology for Reinforced Concrete Moment Resisting Frame Structures
American Journal of Civil Engineering
Volume 3, Issue 4, July 2015, Pages: 102-106
Received: Jun. 1, 2015; Accepted: Jun. 15, 2015; Published: Jul. 2, 2015
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Mehdi Babaei, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Zanjan, Zanjan, Iran
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Topology optimization of reinforced concrete frames is one of a challenging issue in structural engineering. Frame structures, unlike trusses, must provide useable spaces. Architectural requirements affect greatly the layout of the structure and optimal spans, which are obtained theoretically. Sometimes optimal topologies are not possible for real projects because the calculated optimal spans do not provide architectural requirements. In this article, however, exploring for optimal spans for reinforced concrete frames is investigated considering the architectural limitations. For this purpose, three groups of spans, including 5.6m, 7.5m and 11.2m, are considered based on the parking limitations and then optimal practical sizing for the structures are obtained numerically for 5-storey and 10-storey structures. All models are estimated and considerable differences are shown by diagrams. The optimal topology is proposed for 5-storey to 10-storey buildings with different useable spans.
Reinforced Concrete, Frame Structures, Optimization, Span, Topology
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Mehdi Babaei, Exploring Practical Optimal Topology for Reinforced Concrete Moment Resisting Frame Structures, American Journal of Civil Engineering. Vol. 3, No. 4, 2015, pp. 102-106. doi: 10.11648/j.ajce.20150304.12
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