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Quarterly published in print and online "Inventi Impact: Structure & Design" publishes high quality unpublished as well as high impact pre-published research and reviews catering to the needs of researchers and professionals. This journal deals with all the aspects of structures and designs with particular emphasis on: infrastructure engineering, earthquake engineering, structure-fluid-soil interaction, wind engineering, fire engineering, blast engineering, structural reliability/stability, life assessment/integrity, structural health monitoring, multi-hazard engineering, structural dynamics, optimization, expert systems, experimental modelling, performance-based design, multiscale analysis, value engineering etc. Papers are especially encouraged in topics such as tall buildings, innovative structures, environmentally responsive structures, bridges, stadiums, commercial and public buildings, transmission towers, television and telecommunication masts, cooling towers, plates and shells, suspension structures, smart structures, nuclear reactors, dams, pressure vessels, pipelines, tunnels etc.
Electromagnetic bandgap (EBG) structures can help in the reduction of mutual coupling by their capabilities of suppressing surface wave's propagation in a specific frequency range. In this work, a dual-layer EBG structure, which had a lower resonant frequency than the single-layer one, is proposed in order to reduce the mutual coupling between E-plane coupled microstrip antenna array. As this EBG structure significantly made the series capacitance between neighbor cells larger, a drastic reduction of the unit cell size was achieved. The simulated and experimental results show that the proposed structure has a significant 19?dB mutual coupling reduction....
Recompression supercritical carbon dioxide (SCO2) Brayton Cycle for the Chinese Initiative Accelerator Driven System (CiADS)\nis taken into account, and flexible thermodynamic modeling method is presented. The influences of the key parameters on\nthermodynamic properties of SCO2 Brayton Cycle are discussed and the comparative analyses on genetic algorithm and pattern\nsearch algorithm are conducted. It is shown that the cycle parameters such as turbine inlet temperature, pressure ratio, outlet\ntemperature at the hot end of condenser, and terminal temperature difference of regenerator 1 and regenerator 2 have significant\neffects on the cycle thermal efficiency. The calculation results indicate that pattern search algorithm has better optimization\nperformance and quicker calculating speed than genetic algorithm. The result of optimization of the parameters for CiADS with\nsupercritical carbon dioxide Brayton Cycle is 35.97%. Compared with other nuclear power plants of SCO2 Brayton Cycle, CiADS\nwith SCO2 Brayton Cycle does not have the best thermal efficiency, but the thermal efficiency can be improved with the reactor\noutlet temperature increases....
The Moment Distribution Method is a quite powerful hand method of structural analysis, in which the solution is obtained\niteratively without even formulating the equations for the unknowns. It was formulated by Professor Cross in an era where\ncomputer facilities were not available to solve frame problems that normally require the solution of simultaneous algebraic\nequations. Its relevance today, in the era of personal computers, is in its insight on how a structure reacts to applied loads by\nrotating its nodes and thus distributing the loads in the form of member-end moments. Such an insight is the foundation of the\nmodern displacement method. This work has a main objective to present an exact solution for the Moment Distribution Method\nthrough a matrix formulation using only one equation. The initial moments at the ends of the members and the distribution and\ncarry-over factors are calculated from the elementary procedures of structural analysis. Four continuous beams are investigated to\nillustrate the applicability and accuracy of the proposed formulation. The use of a matrix formulation yields excellent results when\ncompared with those in the literature or with a commercial structural program....
To address the rapidly growing demands of traffic congestion, more highway bridges have
been constructed, especially curved bridges. With more curved bridges designed and constructed,
people have conducted a comprehensive analysis of the structural performance. Due to the nature of
the structural complexity of curved bridges, dynamic responses of the curve bridges vary dramatically
from the standard linear bridges. Although some work has been conducted to investigate the curved
bridge dynamic analysis under seismic inputs, the framework for analyzing the curved bridges’
vulnerability under various angles of inputs is still lacking. In this paper, we conducted a series of
curved bridge seismic analyses based on different inputs and conducted a parametric study of the
bridge performance using finite element models. We conducted time history analyses by applying
seismic inputs to investigate the bridge dynamic responses based on different angle inputs and other
different structural parameters. We developed an approach identifying the most vulnerable direction
of the seismic inputs and the strongest dynamic responses for curved bridges based on time series
analysis. This approach was validated with the dynamic analysis of a simplified bridge model. The
method developed in this paper will help improve the curved bridge design code and further provide
suggestions about mitigating seismic response for device design....
Molecular dynamics simulations of the phase transformation from bodycentered-\ncubic (bcc) to face-centered-cubic (fcc) structures were performed.\nA Morse-type function was applied, and the parameters were determined so\nthat both fcc and bcc structures were stable for the perfectcrystal model.\nWhen the fcc structure was superior to the bcc structure, the bcc model\ntransformed to fcc. Two mechanisms, based on the Bain and Nishiyama-\nWasserman (NW) relationships, were considered. Then, point or linear lattice\ndefects, i.e. , randomly scattered or regularly aligned vacancies, were introduced.\nConsequently, bcc models tended to transform to an fcc structure,\nwhereas fcc models remained stable. The transformation process was also\ninvestigated in detail. BCC-to-FCC transformation is often considered as a\nhomogeneous process based on changes in the axis lengths, and such a\nprocess was observed for the perfectcrystal model. Conversely, for the defect\nmodels, local heterogeneous deformation patterns, including cylindrical\ndomain and planar interface formation, were observed. These behaviors are\nconsidered to be related to plastic deformation during phase transformation,\nand the validity of the presented model for further investigation was confirmed....
Damage pattern recognition research represents one of the most challenging tasks in structural health monitoring (SHM). The vagueness in defining damage and the significant overlap between damage states contribute to the challenges associated with proper damage classification. Uncertainties in the damage features and how they propagate during the damage detection process also contribute to uncertainties in SHM. This paper introduces an integrated method for damage feature extraction and damage recognition. We describe a robust damage detection method that is based on using artificial neural network (ANN) to compute the wavelet energy of acceleration signals acquired from the structure. We suggest using the wavelet energy as a damage feature to classify damage states in structures. A case study is presented that shows the ability of the proposed method to detect and pattern damage using the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCEs) benchmark structure. It is suggested that an optimal ANN architecture can detect damage occurrence with good accuracy and can provide damage quantification with reasonable accuracy to varying levels of damage....
Green building index is considered as the rating tool for evaluating the siting, design and performance of\r\nbuildings and infrastructures based on worldwide acceptable six main criteriaÃ¢â?¬â?¢s It was invented after the Kyoto\r\nprotocol, Japan, on 11th of December 1997 and the adoption in Marrakesh in 2001 by the United Nations and her\r\nsubcommittee. It was developed in the built environment industry by the Government support of each country to\r\ncombat the issue of green house gas emission. Carbon dioxide is acclaimed as one of the main greenhouse gas\r\nemission which is mainly through the activities of human race in the world resulting into global warming hence\r\nthe effort to make the environment lighter enough to inhabit. Construction industry was assessed through studies\r\nto be contributing 5% of the world total carbon dioxide emitted through cement production. It was also claimed\r\nthat a tonne of concrete produces carbon dioxide in the range of 0.05 to 0.13 tonnes. Foam concrete being a new\r\ninnovative green technology material for sustainable building and civil construction needs to fulfill the criteriaÃ¢â?¬â?¢s\r\nof this rating tools for it to be considered as sustainable materials. This paper study the assessment of this\r\nlightweight concrete material in view of green building index criteriaÃ¢â?¬â?¢s and the result are hereby analyze and\r\nconcluded that foam concrete can be effectively used as sustainable material for building and civil engineering\r\nconstruction....
An overall review of the structural behaviors of ultra-high-performance fiber-reinforced concrete (UHPFRC) elements\nsubjected to various loading conditions needs to be conducted to prevent duplicate research and to promote its practical applications.\nThus, in this study, the behavior of various UHPFRC structures under different loading conditions, such as flexure, shear,\ntorsion, and high-rate loads (impacts and blasts), were synthetically reviewed. In addition, the bond performance between\nUHPFRC and reinforcements, which is fundamental information for the structural performance of reinforced concrete structures,\nwas investigated. The most widely used international recommendations for structural design with UHPFRC throughout the world\n(AFGC-SETRA and JSCE) were specifically introduced in terms of material models and flexural and shear design. Lastly,\nexamples of practical applications of UHPFRC for both architectural and civil structures were examined....
Expansive soils can pose tough issues to civil engineering applications. In a
typical year, expansive soils can cause a greater financial loss than earthquakes,
floods, hurricanes and tornadoes combined. Various means have
been studied to tackle problems associated with expansive soils. The majority
of the methods are based on treatment of the soils. While the methods may be
effective in some cases, their limitations are also obvious: The treatment
normally involves complex processes and may not be eco-friendly in the long
run. In many cases, the effectiveness of the treatment is uncertain. A retaining
system that maintains a constant lateral pressure is proposed, which consists
of three components: the retaining sheet, the slip-force device and the bracing
column. The retaining sheet bears the pressure exerted by expansive backfills
and is not embedded into the soils. Placed between the retaining sheet and
bracing column, the slip-force device permits displacement of the retaining
sheet but keeps the force on the sheet and the bracing column constant. The
governing equation of the motion of the piston in the slip-force device is derived
and a numerical simulation of a practical case is conducted based on the
derived governing equation. Numerical results show that as the expansive soil
swell, the spring force will increase and the piston will move accordingly.
When the pressure of the oil in chamber reaches the open threshold of the
unidirectional relief valve, the valve will open and the spring force and the oil
pressure in the chamber will keep constant. The results also show that some
parameters, such as damping ratio, have very slight influences on the device
behavior, say 2 × 10−6 or even 4.8 × 10−9. Theoretical and numerical studies
prove the effectiveness of the proposed retaining system....
There is significant concern in the engineering community regarding the safety and effectiveness of fiber-reinforced\r\npolymer (FRP) strengthening of RC structures because of the potential for brittle debonding failures. In this paper, previous\r\nresearch programs conducted by other researchers were reviewed in terms of the debonding failure of FRP laminates externally\r\nattached to concrete. This review article also discusses the influences on bond strength and failure modes as well as the existing\r\nexperimental research and developed equations. Based on the review, several important conclusions were re-emphasized, including\r\nthe finding that the bond transfer strength is proportional to the concrete compressive strength; that there is a certain bond\r\ndevelopment length that has to be exceeded; and that thinner adhesive layers in fact lower the chances of a concrete-adhesive\r\ninterface failure. It is also found that there exist uncertainty and inaccuracy in the available models when compared with the\r\nexperimental data and inconsistency among the models. This demonstrates the need for continuing research and compilation of\r\ndata on the topic of FRPÃ¢â?¬â?¢s bond strength....
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