Reinforced Concrete Design of Tall Buildings

Reinforced Concrete Design of Tall Buildings

5 November 2017 Off By The Engineering Community

Reinforced Concrete Design of Tall Buildings

 

Design concept is an impressive term that we use to describe the intrinsic essentials

of design. The concept encompasses reasons for our choice of design loads,

analytical techniques, design procedures, preference for particular structural systems,

and of course, our desire for economic optimization of the structure.

To assist engineers in tackling the design challenge, this introductory chapter is

devoted to developing a “feeling” for behavior of structural systems.

It is this “feeling” for the nature of loads and their effect on structural systems that

paves the way for our understanding of structural behavior and allows the designer

to match structural systems to specific types of loading.

For example, designers of tall buildings, recognizing the cost premium for carrying

lateral loads by frame action alone, select a more appropriate system such as a belt

and outrigger wall or a tubular system instead.

As structural engineers, our primary task is to take someone else’s vision of a project,
convertit into analytical and numerical models, and then produce a set of buildable
documents.
However, the current trend in engineering education seems to focus more on the behavior
of computer-based mathematical models while seldom acknowledging their fallibilities.
Given this scenario, one may wonder if the era of engineers who endorsed structural
attitudes based on their qualitative knowledge of the behavior of the structures is gone.