What is structural concrete? Structural concrete is a type of concrete that is used in the building process as part of a structure, or used to carry part of the load on a structure. It is different from the commonly used poured concrete to pave driveways.
Concrete structures are widely used in the United States and almost all over the world. Advances in design concepts have increased in recent decades, emphasizing safety, maintainability, and economy. To achieve the economic design of reinforced concrete members, certain restrictions, rules, and formulas are indicated in the code to ensure both the safety and reliability of structures. Engineering companies expect civil engineering graduates to understand the code rules and, as a result, to be able to effectively and economically design concrete structures with minimal training periods or overhead costs.
The main objective of the Structural Concrete Design course is to develop in engineering students the ability to easily and logically analyze and design reinforced concrete members subjected to different types of forces, using several empirical formulas based on the basic principles of statistics and experimental results. Once the analysis and design procedures are fully understood, the application to different types of structures will be easy and direct if the student has a good background in structural analysis.
The materials presented in this book are based on the Building Code 318-11 of the Concrete Association of America (ACI), the International Building Code IBC-2012, the load standard ASCE7-10 of civil engineers and the conditions of the AASHTO LRFD bridge design designation, and information on material properties such as volume change, stress-strain behavior, creep, elastic–nonlinear behavior and reinforced concrete are shown.
The book is the result of the author’s lecture notes representing their educational and industrial experience over the past 32 years. The author’s industrial experience includes the design and construction supervision and management of many reinforced, prestressed, and precast concrete structures. This is in addition to the consulting work they have done for international design and construction companies, professional registration in the UK, Canada, and other countries, and comprehensive knowledge of other European codes on the design of concrete structures.