Automated Design of Reinforced Concrete Components

by T. B. Quimby, Univ of Alaska, United States,
R. J. Balling, Univ of Alaska, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computer Utilization in Structural Engineering

Abstract: This paper presents strategies for automating the design of reinforcement in two types of concrete components, namely T-beams and circular columns. These strategies may serve as examples for automating the design of reinforcement in other concrete components. Main reinforcement is designed so as to minimize reinforcement cost (both maaterial and placement costs) and satisfy the constraints imposed by ACT 318-83 [1]. The design of shear reinforcement in beams and ties/spirals in columns is not treated in this paper, but may be performed independently after the main reinforcement design is complete. Search techniques from the fields of optimization and artificial intelligence are utilized in a complementary fashion. In this way the strongest search technique for a particular task is exploited to promote efficient design.

Subject Headings: Reinforced concrete | Structural design | Automation | Concrete beams | Concrete columns | Beam columns

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