Optimal Design of Tall RC Tube Buildings

by David B. Spires, Martin/Martin, United States,
J. S. Arora, Martin/Martin, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computer Utilization in Structural Engineering


The analysis and design of reinforced concrete framed tube buildings is formulated as a nonlinear optimization problem and solved using modern design optimization software. The influence of column spacing, spandrel beam stiffness, column stiffness, and other design variables on the overall cost is studied. A brief review of tall building design considerations and framed tube behavior is presented, as well as a discussion of the analysis methods employed, and some specific aspects of computer implementation.

Subject Headings: Beam columns | Reinforced concrete | Concrete structures | Building design | Stiffening | Structural design | Computer software | Structural response

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