Shear Wall | Functions & Loads Transfer Mechanism | Design Example of Shear Wall

Shear Wall in a Building

Definition of Shear Wall Shear walls are the vertical structural element which resist the horizontal forces acting on a building structure. Shear wall can also be defined as a wall which are reinforced & made of braced panels to carry lateral forces. The thickness of the shear wall for regular buildings can be generally in … Read more

Advantages of Steel Box Girder in Bridges | Disadvantages

open trapezoidal composite box girder during fabrication

Steel Box Girders Steel box girders are usually adopted in very long span bridges where it is necessary to keep the self-weight of the structure as minimum as possible. Depending on the width requirements single and multiple cell girders are selected. Steel Box girders are used for footbridges curved in plan and also for bridges … Read more

Compressive Strength of Concrete & Concrete Cubes | What | How

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Compressive Strength The compressive strength of any material is defined as the resistance to failure under the action of compressive forces. Especially for concrete, compressive strength is an important parameter to determine the performance of the material during service conditions. Concrete mix can be designed or proportioned to obtain the required engineering and durability properties … Read more

3 Major Design Philosophies: Working Stress, Ultimate Load and Limit State

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Three Major Design Philosophies A design philosophy is a set of assumptions and procedures which are used to meet the conditions of serviceability, safety, economy and functionality of the structure. Several design philosophies have been introduced from different parts of the world. Some of the design philosophies that has been used by engineers are Working … Read more

Interesting Facts about New River Gorge Bridge, the Gorgeous

Elevation of New River Gorge Bridge

Interesting Facts about New River Gorge Bridge, the Gorgeous Fayetteville, West Virginia, United States. Total length of 924m with the main arch spanning over 518m. 267m above the New Rivers with a carriageway width of 21.1m. The New River Gorge Bridge was opened on the 22nd October, 1977. It was the world’s longest single span … Read more

Things You didn’t Know Chaotianmen Bridge – World Record Steel Arch Bridge

Chaotianmen Bridge - World Record Steel Arch Bridge

Things You didn’t Know about Chaotianmen Bridge – World Record Steel Arch Bridge The Chaotianmen Bridge is built across the Yangtze River, Chongqing, China. The total length of the main bridge and both west and east approaches is 1741 m, the span layout of Yangtze River Bridge is 190 + 552 + 190 m to … Read more

Contreras Railway Viaduct Facts – 261 m Concrete Arch Bridge

Contreras Viaduct in Service

Contreras Railway Viaduct Facts – 261 m Concrete Arch Bridge Contreras Railway Viaduct is one of the main structures on the Madrid – Valencia high-speed railway link. Upon completion, the structure became Spain’s largest concrete arch for a rail bridge. Villargordo del Cabriel stretch represents an example of the use of the state-of-the-art construction systems, … Read more

The Solar Ark – An Innovative Steel Structure

Solar Ark - Steel Structure

The Solar Ark – An Innovative Steel Structure The Solar Ark is an ark-shaped solar power facility in Japan owned by Sanyo. With over 5000 panels cladding to the structure, it produces approximately 530,000 kilowatt-hours on an annually. The maximum system power is630 kW. It is one of the largest solar buildings in the world. … Read more

The five major parts of Bridges – Concrete Span Bridge

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The five major parts of Bridges – Concrete Span Bridge Even though there are various types of bridges to be discussed, in this post we will stick to major parts of Bridges – Concrete span bridges. Every bridge engineer should have a clear knowledge of the various terminologies used during the Bridge design process. During … Read more